Bladder stones are hard lumps of crystallized minerals that form when concentrated urine, less water, and more waste products, is left in the bladder after urination. The symptoms of bladder stones are frequent urination and inability to control it, lower abdominal pain, burning sensation while urinating, blood in urine, etc.
HOW IS BLADDER STONES DIAGNOSED?
Urologists evaluate all the symptoms and also the patient’s history during diagnosis. The physical examination also includes a test for prostate gland enlargement for men. Diagnostic tests are: • Urinalysis • Spiral CT scan • Ultrasound • X-ray • Intravenous Pyelogram
HOW IS BLADDER STONES TREATED?
The treatment of this condition can be carried out with the help of medication as well as surgery. Alternative medicines like homeopathy and Ayurveda can also help in treatment. Usually, surgery does not take place unless the stones are too big to be discharged normally.
DID YOU KNOW?
More than 95 percent of people who develop bladder stones are men, especially older men with prostate problems. Men in their 80s have higher risk than younger men. Children who live in developing countries are also at a risk of getting bladder stones as they don't have access to enough water to stay hydrated and their diets tend to be poor.