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Kidney Stones in Children on The Rise, U-M Expert Says
Date:5/4/2009

  • If the stone needs to be treated, shockwave lithotripsy is used. The procedure occurs under an anesthetic. Sound waves are used to break up the stone into small pieces, which the child can then pass.
  • Sometimes doctors perform a ureteroscopy. They pass a very small miniaturized instrument through the urinary system and treat the stone with a laser.
  • In cases where the stone is very large, access to the kidney is made through a very small incision in the back. Using a small scope the urinary system is entered, the stone is broken up and the pieces are then retrieved.

  • "The main takeaway is to get your child to stay away from sugar-filled drinks, sodas, colas and go to something natural like plain old water," he says.

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    Gary Joseph Faerber, M.D.

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    Kidney Stones

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