What is bladder stone?
Bladder stones are hard masses of minerals in your bladder. Bladder stones are characterized by concentrated urine. Urine can vary in color from dark amber to brown depending on the types of waste and minerals (salt, and waste products) it contains.
How common is bladder stone?
This bladder stone is extremely common. It commonly affects more males than females. It can affect patients at any age. It can be managed by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.
What are the symptoms of bladder stone?
The common symptoms of bladder stone are
- Lower abdominal pain
- In men, pain or discomfort in the penis
- Painful urination
- Frequent urination
- Difficulty urinating or interruption of urine flow
- Blood in your urine
- Cloudy or abnormally dark-colored urine
There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.
When should I see my doctor?
If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consult with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.
What causes bladder stone?
Bladder stones generally begin when your bladder have some redundant urine forming crystals. They eventually become bladder stones. An underlying condition affects your bladder’s ability to empty completely:
- Enlarged prostate gland
- Damaged neurogenic bladder
- Inflamed bladder
- Medical devices (bladder catheters)
- Kidney stones
What increases my risk for bladder stone?
There are many risk factors for bladder stone, such as:
- Children, often because of dehydration, infection and a low-protein diet.
- Adults, especially in men age 30 and older.
- Having some health conditions: bladder outlet obstruction, stroke, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, a herniated disk.
Diagnosis & treatment
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information
How is bladder stone diagnosed?
Diagnostic tests may include:
- This test is used to check your urine for crystallization, infection, and other abnormalities.
- Spiral CT Scan. This type of CT scan checks for complications in the bladder or anywhere else in the body, faster and more accurately than a traditional CT scanner.
- Ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of the inside of your body.
- X-ray. X-rays show the inside of the bladder and most abnormalities that may be present; however, it may not show every stone in your bladder.
- Intravenous Pyelogram. During this procedure, a dye is injected into your veins that flow through your blood vessels until it reaches your bladder. The dye highlights any abnormal formations and then X-rays are taken of the highlighted results.
How is bladder stone treated?
Generally, bladder stones should be removed, there are some treatments:
- Cystolitholapaxy. The use of a laser, mechanical, or ultrasound device, to break them down into smaller pieces for removal.
- In this case, bladder stones that are large or too hard to break up are removed through open surgery. By doing this practice, any underlying condition causing the stones, such as an enlarged prostate, may be corrected at the same time.
Lifestyle changes & Home remedies
What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage bladder stone?
The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with bladder stone:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Eat protein products.
- Don’t hold in pee.
- Do exercise regularly.
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.
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Bladder stones. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bladder-stones/basics/symptoms/con-20030296 . Accessed September 19, 2016
Review Date: October 1, 2016 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019