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Pediatric experts at The Stone Center care for patients with kidney and/or bladder stones (also known as urolithiasis). At Children’s Hospital Colorado, we know that it’s hard to see your child in pain. Our team is here to help your child pass his/her stone(s) with minimal discomfort and to help prevent future stones from forming.
Normally, there is a balance between substances in the urine that promote kidney stone formation and those that prevent it. An imbalance can occur when you don’t eat a balanced diet, if you have a medical condition or take medicines that increase stone-forming substances in the urine. Not drinking enough water can also contribute to kidney stone formation.
When you visit The Stone Center, our team will ask for your child’s medical history and perform a physical exam. While you are here, a blood test and urine samples may be taken. A kidney ultrasound or CT scan may also be taken to find the location and size of the stone(s). This information helps us understand how the stone(s) formed, how best to treat the stone(s), and how we can help you prevent them in the future.
We provide rapid, state-of-the-art diagnosis and care for your child during a sudden onset stone episode. Our care includes:
A complete metabolic evaluation includes a dietary evaluation, blood and urine tests, and a stone analysis. Our evaluation determines the cause of the stone and helps us provide parents ways to reduce the risk of additional stone formation.