Mercy Urologist Dr. Blaine Kristo Discusses The Diagnosis And Treatment Of Kidney Stones In Women

September 4, 2013
Dr. Kristo interviewed

Mercy urologist Dr. Blaine Kristo discusses kidney stones and their treatment with WBAL-TV11 reporter Mindy Basara

Kidney stones are not typically a very serious condition, but when combined with another condition, they can be fatal to some women.

According to Mercy urologist Dr. Blaine Kristo, when kidney stones are paired with another type of infection, like a urinary tract infection, that can cause urosepsis, which can lead to death in some cases.

Anyone who has had a kidney stone is at a 50 percent greater risk of forming another, but there are ways to prevent that from happening.

"Drink fluids, that's the No. 1 rule, and it sounds so simple. People who are kidney-stone formers, we recommend they drink at least two liters of water a day," he said.

In the past, kidney stones affected men at a much higher rate than women, but that's no longer the case.

Doctors also recommended seeking medical attention if you start experiencing severe pain for an extended period of time.

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