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Pediatric Urology
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Pediatric Urology

Kidney Stone Treatment at 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 their stone(s) with minimal discomfort. We also provide recommendations on ways to help prevent stones from forming again in the future.

How do kidney stones form?

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.

How are kidney stones diagnosed and treated?

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.

Options for your child’s kidney stone treatment 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 remove the stone(s)

Why choose The Stone Center at Children’s Colorado for your child’s kidney stone treatment?

A team approach to care

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

Quick diagnosis and kidney stone treatment

We provide rapid, state-of-the-art diagnosis and care for your child. Our care includes:

  • A low-dose CT scan that provides an accurate diagnosis and minimizes radiation exposure
  • Medical expulsive therapy, which involves taking 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

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. 

Specific conditions treated

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

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