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Are there long-term consequences of having a kidney stone?

Kidney stones do not usually cause any lasting damage, but in some cases large kidney stones can block the ureter, the thin tube that connect the kidney to the bladder. This can increase the chance of getting an infection and, if left untreated, can lead to kidney damage. Larger kidney stones that do not pass naturally may need to be surgically removed or need to be broken up with sound waves to allow them to be passed.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Pelvic inflammatory disease

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