Kidney stones are lumps that can develop in the kidneys and are usually made up of chemicals found in the urine (e.g. calcium, ammonia, uric acid and cystine). It is sometimes referred to as nephrolithiasis and it can be very painful (renal colic). They are fairly common and mostly affect people of the ages 30 to 60 years old. Men are more likely to develop kidney stones compared to women. They can be caused by many things and some can resolve without invasive treatments, by passing in the urine with the assistance of medication. Some are more serious and may require an intervention to break the stone down or remove it.
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