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Bladder stones are hard masses of minerals in the bladder. It develops when urine becomes concentrated, causing its minerals to crystallise. Sometimes just one stone develops, in severe cases, a group of stones may be formed. The stones may vary in shape. This condition is rarely found in women. It mostly affects men over the age of 50.
HOW IS BLADDER STONES DIAGNOSED?
The doctor performs a physical exam before the diagnostic tests. The diagnostic tests include ultrasound, urinalysis, spiral CT scan, X-ray and Intravenous Pyelogram.
HOW IS BLADDER STONES TREATED?
Diagnosis of bladder stones may include: Physical exam, Urinalysis, Ultrasound, Spiral computerized tomography (CT) scan, X-ray, Intravenous pyelogram.
DID YOU KNOW?
Small bladder stones sometimes pass on their own. Treatment for bladder stones involves breaking them up which is called as cystolitholapaxy or removing them by surgery. Men develop bladder stones more often than women, especially as they get older.