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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Kids and Kidney Stones
My daughter is 19 years old and was just diagnosed with a kidney stone. How common is this and what are the long term effects of having stones so young?
This is age that stones begin to be seen in adults. Stones may also be seen in younger children. The stone may be a one time event or could reoccur. It is important for your daughter to see her physician to discuss her risk factors for forming further stone. Family history of stones, medications, and prior history are all important in determining risks factors for stone formation. It is helpful to capture the stone if possible and have its composition analyzed. Her doctor may recommend a metabolic evaluation after the stone has passed including blood work and a 24 hour urine. This can help to determine if there is a predisposing cause for the stone formation.
Donald R Bodner, MD
Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University