Your first diagnosis of
kidney stones often occurs when you are in great pain.
Your doctor will ask a few questions and examine you before suggesting
After you pass a stone, your doctor may give you another exam to
find out if you are likely to have more stones in the future.
All or some of the following questions may be asked at your initial
and follow-up exams.
During the physical exam, your doctor will examine your body for
other clues that may explain the cause of your symptoms. He or she may:
A complete medical history and physical exam will help your doctor
find out if you currently have a kidney stone and if you are likely to have one
Your answers to the lifestyle and medical questions will help your
doctor find out if you currently have a kidney stone and if you are likely to
have one again.
Physical symptoms that indicate that you may have a kidney stone
Although your doctor may decide you have kidney stones based on
your medical history and physical exam, he or she may also do lab tests such as
urine culture. Your doctor may start treatment before
these tests are done or you know the results.
If you have a family history of kidney stones or pass more than one
stone, your doctor may do more tests to find out the type of stone.
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April 28, 2011
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
& Tushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology
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