Kidney Stone Multidisciplinary Clinic
The Kidney Stone Clinic at Children’s Hospital New Orleans treats children and adolescents who are affected by kidney stones.
A kidney stone is a hard object that is made from chemicals in the urine. Common symptoms include pain in belly or back, blood in the urine, nausea, vomiting and pain with urination.
After it is formed, the stone may stay in the kidney or travel down the urinary tract. Sometimes, tiny stones move out of the body in the urine without causing too much pain. Stones that do not move may cause a back-up of urine in the kidney, ureter, bladder, or the urethra.
The incidence of kidney stones in children has increased steadily over the years. In response to this increase, our multidisciplinary clinic brings together pediatric nephrologists, urologists, and nurses to help treat and manage children with kidney stones.
Treatment depends on the type of kidney stone and its size. If the stone is small, you child may be able to pass the stone at home. The urologist may do surgery to remove the stone. Treatments typically involve noninvasive or minimally invasive surgical techniques. In rare instances, we use robotic surgery techniques to remove the stones. After treatment, experts in nephrology perform blood and urine analysis to look for any abnormalities that could be potential causes for the stones.