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Format: 04/19/2014
Format: 04/19/2014


KDKA-TV: Pain Control Important In Kidney Stone Treatment

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Bishop David Zubik was taken to the hospital Friday morning to be treated for kidney stones.

But what kind of treatment is he likely to get while hospitalized?

Kidney stones are little nuggets of minerals and salts that form in your kidneys - usually when the urine becomes concentrated.

They generally cause no permanent damage, but the symptoms from them can make working impossible.

Typical symptoms of kidney stones include belly and side pain, blood in the urine, nausea and vomiting with severe pain.

"Pain control is a big issue with these patients because this is a very painful condition," says Dr. Marc Itskowitz, an internist at Allegheny General Hospital.

A CT scan can be helpful in making the diagnosis. Patients will get fluids by vein to try to flush the stones out.

"The further treatment depends on the size of the kidney stones. For small stones, usually patients will pass them on their own," says Dr. Itskowitz.

For more information, visit the KDKA website.

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