Kidney Stones - Exams and Tests
Your first diagnosis of
kidney stones often occurs when you see your doctor or
go to an emergency room because you are in great pain. Your doctor or an
emergency medicine specialist will ask you questions and
examine you. After you pass a
stone, your doctor may give you another exam to find out whether you are likely
to get kidney stones again. Tests to diagnose
Your doctor may do
one or more of the following tests to help diagnose kidney stones, see where they are
located, and find out if they are causing or may cause damage to the
urinary tract . Tests to find out the type of stone
type of your kidney stone will help with treatment
decisions and measures to prevent stones from forming again. Tests you may have include:
medical history and physical exam.
Stone analysis. Your doctor may ask you
to collect stones by straining your urine through a fine-mesh strainer or fine
gauze. He or she will then determine what type of stone it
Blood chemistry screen, to measure kidney function,
levels of calcium, uric acid, phosphorus, electrolytes, and other substances
that may have caused the stone to form.
Urine collection for 24 hours, to measure volume, pH, calcium, oxalate, uric
acid, and other substances that may have caused the stone to form. This is a test you may do at home.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 28, 2011
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