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Bladder Stone Overview

What is a bladder stone?
Bladder stones are small masses formed by the build-up of minerals within the bladder. Bladder stones usually form secondary to another problem such as urinary tract infection, prostate gland enlargement, and nerve problems that affect bladder function. Bladder stones are much more common in men, where more than 9 out of every 10 people with a bladder stone are male.

What are the symptoms of a bladder stone?
Common symptoms of a bladder stone include urinary urgency, urinary frequency, and difficulty urinating. Other symptoms include blood in the urine and lower abdominal pain.

How does the doctor treat a bladder stone?
Treatment for a bladder stone includes hydration to encourage the stone to pass from the bladder. Other measures include lithotripsy and cystoscopy to break up the stone so it can be removed. Some medications can dissolve certain types of bladder stones. Antibiotics will be necessary if a bladder infection develops.

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