Kate L. Iwamoto, M.D., is a pediatrician with Mercy Family Care Physicians in Downtown Baltimore.
Mercy doctors offer a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C that cures most patients and saves lives. Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus and can lead to permanent liver damage if untreated.
Mercy's renowned breast center offers award-winning care and Board Certified doctors. The Breast Center's comprehensive care is designed for women undergoing the journey to overcome breast disease.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
This 3D medical animation depicts common abnormalities and pathologies in the urinary system which can be seen during a cystocopic exam including bladder cancer, enlarged prostate, a narrowing of the urethra, bladder stones, infections and other conditions.
At The Urology Specialists of Maryland at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, our experienced team of urologists covers a broad range of urologic disorders, including bladder calculus.
Bladder calculus is known to the general public as a bladder stone. They are a solid object or crystal structures in the bladder. They can form when urine is very concentrated or when one is dehydrated. There can be more than one bladder stone and they vary in size, shape and texture. Sometimes bladder stones develop from kidney or bladder infection. Stones – kidney, bladder, or ureteral – are more common among middle-aged and older adults and men.
In some cases, bladder stones have no symptoms at all. Some patients complain of severe lower abdomen or back pain, difficult, painful or frequent urination and blood in the urine. The pain may come in waves and cause nausea and vomiting as well. The symptoms are very similar to kidney stone symptoms.
Diagnosis may require:
Staying hydrated is the best way to help prevent bladder stones. Some research indicates citrus juices aid in preventing the development of bladder stones. Increasing fluid intake may help smaller bladder stones escape the body, but larger stones may require:
The Urology Specialists of Maryland at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore is recognized throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for its comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of urological diseases and conditions. Mercy's urologists treat a broad range of urological disorders including prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, kidney stones, interstitial cystitis and urinary incontinence. Our doctors utilize state-of-the-art treatment options including brachytherapy, cryotherapy and non-invasive lithotripsy, among others.
Dr. Alan Kusakabe offers comprehensive urologic care focusing on robotic surgery, with Firefly Imaging Technology, for prostate and renal disease. Board Certified urology specialist.
Hear from a patient who learned he had prostate cancer and had to make important decisions about his care.