Kidney Stone Causes

cause of kidney stonesKidney Stone Causes

You might be surprised to know that kidney stone are actually present in all of us but in most of us they have not grown large enough to cause you pain.

If you try to take a really close look at your urine, you might just find a lot of kidney stones in there, but you were not able to “feel” any of them.

So what causes kidney stones?

According to CHealth.Canoe, there is no known cause for kidney stones, although dehydration is a key risk factor. Kidney stones can also be caused by an imbalance in a person’s metabolism causing abnormally high levels of mineral salts to collect in the urine. Stones made up of uric acid occur in people who have diseases such as gout, chronic dehydration, and some cancers.

Hyperparathyroidism, a condition in which the parathyroid gland is overactive, can also be linked to kidney stones. In addition, certain disorders of the bowel or intestines can also lead to kidney stones, as can a chronic bacterial infection of the urinary system.

Source: CHealth

Some other points, with regards to the causes of kidney stones, as provided by are:

·         A kidney stone can form when substances such as calcium, oxalate, cystine or uric acid are at high levels in the urine. However, stones can also form if these chemicals are at normal levels.

·     Medications used for treating some medical conditions such as kidney disease, cancer or HIV can also increase your risk of developing kidney stones.

·         A small number of people get kidney stones because of a medical condition. These conditions can lead to high levels of calcium, oxalate, cystine or uric acid are at high levels in the body.

 Kidney stones are one of the most common disorders of the urinary tract. About 4-8% of Australians suffer from kidney stones at some time. The lifetime risk of developing kidney stones is 1 in 10 for Australian men and 1 in 35 for women. The chance of developing a stone increases if you have a family history of stones and as you age. Urinary tract stones are more common in children in developing countries and amongst indigenous Australians.

 After having one kidney stone, the chance of getting a second stone is about 5-10% each year. About 30-50% of people with a first kidney stone will get a second one within five years and then the risk declines. However, some people keep getting stones their whole lives.

 What problems do kidney stones cause?

Kidney stones can cause a blockage in the flow of urine, which can damage and sometimes cause failure of the blocked kidney. Stones increase the chance of urinary and kidney infection and can result in the serious condition of septicaemia, if germs spread into the blood stream.


 If you have a family member or relative, who has suffered from kidney stones, then it is best that you be wary of your body, and take note of the possible causes of kidney stones as mentioned above. So don’t do things that will hasten the growth of kidney stones.

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One Response to Kidney Stone Causes

  • Wayne Hyre says:

    Does drinking soft drinks lead to the formation of kidney stones? I like Pepsi, does drinking this beverage contribute the formation of kidney stones. I now have 3 large stones.

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