Kidney Stone Size

Kidney Stone #84

Experience and studies have show kidney stone size does not necessarily correlate with intensity of pain. Small stones, 4mm or less, will most likely pass on their own. Those larger than 4mm are more likely to get "stuck" in the urinary tract and require some form of medical intervention, either extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy or ureteroscopic stone removal.

If the stone is still in the kidney, ESWL (Extra corporeal Shock wave Lithotripsy) would most likely be incorporated. If is stuck in the ureter, ureteroscopic stone removal would be the most likely treatment.

Since ureters measure from 2mm-5mm in diameter, it doesn't take a very large stone to cause irritation and pain. As the smooth muscles of the ureters start to spasm in order to move the stone down to the bladder, renal colic ensues causing the extreme pain associated with kidney stones.

Renal colic is one of the six most painful ordeals suffered by human beings. Heart attack, angleclosure glaucoma, facial nerve pain (tic douloureux), childbirth and gallbladder stones round out the list. Many consider renal colic the most painful. (No More Kidney Stones, Dr. John S. Rodman, M.D.)

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID's) are useful in alleviating pain associated with renal colic but may not be enough to mask the pain. Opiods may be required to bring comfort during the passing of a kidney stone. A Doctor's prescription is required for these stronger medications and should be used with caution as they can be effective but potentially addictive.

Don't be fooled! Stones as small as a grain of sand can cause extreme pain.

World's Largest Kidney Stone

The world's largest kidney stone on record was removed from an Australian man, measuring 4.66 inches (11.86 cm) and weighing 12.5 oz. (356g).

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