Alternate Names : Bladder Calculi
Bladder stones are large pieces of minerals formed and retained in the urinary
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:
hyperplasia, or enlargement of the prostate gland in men
having a urinary catheter, which is a tube used to drain urine
or foreign objects in the bladder
certain salt or mineral imbalances and dietary problems