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Bladder Stones

Alternate Names : Bladder Calculi

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Bladder stones are large pieces of minerals formed and retained in the urinary bladder.

What is going on in the body?

Bladder stones are crystals that most often form when urine cannot leave the bladder due to a blockage. When urine builds up in the bladder, it can become infected or contain too much acid. This provides the perfect environment for stones to form.

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

The following conditions are thought to increase the risk of bladder stones:

  • benign prostatic hyperplasia, or enlargement of the prostate gland in men
  • dehydration
  • having a urinary catheter, which is a tube used to drain urine or foreign objects in the bladder
  • prostate cancer
  • certain salt or mineral imbalances and dietary problems
  • urinary tract infection


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    Bladder Stones: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Stuart Wolf, MD
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 09/18/01

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