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Kidney stone disease affects people of all ages and can be debilitating and painful, and recurrent stone formation leading to  decreased quality-of-life, and increased utilization of health care, hospitalization, and even kidney damage.

Kidney stones (renal lithiasis, nephrolithiasis) are hard deposits made of minerals and salts that form inside your kidneys. Kidney stones are relatively common and are rising in the United States for both and women.  Although the reasons aren’t known, diet and lifestyle factors are considered to contribute to the risk.  Knowing the type of kidney stone helps determine the cause and may give clues on how to reduce your risk of getting more kidney stones. If possible, try to save your kidney stone if you pass one so that you can bring it to your doctor for analysis.

If you experience severe stone pain and fever seek immediate medical attention.