Kidney Stone

Kidney stones can develop in one or both kidneys and most often affect people aged 30 to 60.

They're quite common, with around three in 20 men and up to two in 20 women developing them at some stage of their lives. The medical term for kidney stones is nephrolithiasis, and if they cause severe pain it's known as renal colic. After a kidney stone has formed, your body will try to pass it out when you go to the toilet (in the urine). This means it will often travel through the urinary system (the kidneys, kidney tubes and bladder).

After a kidney stone has formed, your body will try to pass it out when you go to the toilet (in the urine). This means it will often travel through the urinary system (the kidneys, kidney tubes and bladder).

Most kidney stones are small enough to be passed in your urine, and it may be possible to treat the symptoms at home with medication. Larger stones may need to be broken up using ultrasound or laser energy. Occasionally, keyhole surgery may be needed to remove very large kidney stones directly.

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