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Pediatric Urology
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Pediatric Urology

The Stone Center

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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.

How do kidney stones form?

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.

How are kidney stones treated?

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.

Treatment of your child’s kidney stone may include:

  • Drinking more water
  • Changing your child’s diet
  • Taking medicine to prevent stones from forming or to help pass a stone
  • Having minimally invasive surgery to treat/remove the stone(s)

Why choose The Stone Center at Children’s Colorado to treat your child’s kidney stones?

A team approach to care

At The Stone Center, we have a multidisciplinary team of dedicated pediatric urologists, nephrologists, and dieticians committed to providing your child with the best care possible.

Quick diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatment

We provide rapid, state-of-the-art diagnosis and care for your child during a sudden onset stone episode. Our care includes:

  • A low-dose CT scan that provides an accurate diagnosis and minimizes radiation exposure
  • Medical expulsive therapy, which is taking a medication to help pass a stone
  • Minimally-invasive surgery, which results in less pain and a shorter recovery

Help finding the cause of a kidney stone and preventing future stones

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.

Specific conditions treated

  • Nephrocalcinosis, also known as calcium deposits in the kidney
  • Kidney/ureteral stones
  • Bladder stones
  • Metabolic conditions associated with stone formation