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How dangerous are kidney stones?
The level of danger associated with kidney stones is directly dependent on their size and location in your body. If they create an obstruction in the urinary tract while you鈥檙e suffering from an infection, bacteria may be unable to get out and thus, lead to severe complications.
What happens if a kidney stone gets stuck in your urine?
These small stones can pass out of the urinary system with the urine and may never be noticed. However, larger stones may not only cause symptoms like pain when urinating but it may also become stuck in the urinary tract. It can block the flow of urine and lead to complications, some of which may be serious.
Is it OK to leave a kidney stone untreated?
There are some instances when it is OK to leave a kidney stone untreated. If the stone is small (less than 5 mm) and not causing any pain, there is a good chance that it will pass on its own after it falls into the ureter. Such stones may be followed with watchful waiting.
What is a kidney stone?
Under certain conditions, substances normally dissolved in urine, such as calcium, oxalate and phosphate, become too concentrated and can separate out as crystals. A kidney stone develops when these crystals attach to one another, accumulating into a small mass, or stone. Kidney stones come in a variety of mineral types: