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How are bladder stones diagnosed?

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Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and start with a physical exam, feeling your lower belly to check your bladder. You may then have:

  • Cystoscopy. Your doctor places a small tube with a camera -- a cystoscope -- in your urethra and sends it up to your bladder to look for stones.
  • Imaging. This can help find the location and size of any bladder stones and look to see whether urine is blocked anywhere. Your doctor might use CT, X-ray, or ultrasound.
  • Urine test. Your doctor will check your urine for anything unusual and to see whether you might have a urinary tract infection.

From: What Are Bladder Stones? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

RadiologyInfo.Org: “Kidney and Bladder Stones.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Bladder Stones.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bladder Stones.”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: “The Urinary Tract and How It Works.”

PubMed: “How does the prostate work?”

UpToDate: “Pelvic organ prolapse in women”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

SOURCES:

RadiologyInfo.Org: “Kidney and Bladder Stones.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Bladder Stones.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bladder Stones.”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: “The Urinary Tract and How It Works.”

PubMed: “How does the prostate work?”

UpToDate: “Pelvic organ prolapse in women”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

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