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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 their stone(s) with minimal discomfort. We also provide recommendations on ways to help prevent stones from forming again in the future.
Normally, there is a balance between substances in the urine that prevent kidney stone formation and those that cause them to form. An imbalance in these substances causes one or more kidney stones to form.
Kidney stones may be caused by an imbalanced diet, certain medical conditions or 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 about your child’s medical history and perform a physical exam. Your child may also need blood and urine tests. We may also recommend an ultrasound or CT scan of the kidney to find the location and size of the stone(s). An ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures of the kidney. A CT scan takes several cross-sectional images using an x-ray machine to show the kidney in detail. This information helps us understand how the stone(s) formed, how best to treat the stone(s), and how to help prevent them in the future.
We provide rapid, state-of-the-art diagnosis and care for your child. Our care includes:
We provide a complete metabolic evaluation to find the cause of the stone. This helps us provide information to parents on ways to reduce the risk of kidney stones forming again in the future. A complete metabolic evaluation includes a dietary evaluation, blood and urine tests and a stone analysis.