March is National Kidney Month. It's an important time of year for raising awareness on kidney health. Many folks may not be informed about the role kidneys play in their overall health. As part of our effort to raise educational awareness, we recently explored "kidney stones in children" on our Urology Care Podcast.
Kidney stones are a very common issue in urology.
Urine contains many dissolved minerals and salts. When your urine has high levels of these minerals and salts, you can form stones. Kidney stones can start small but can grow larger in size, even filling the inner hollow structures of the kidney.
Some stones stay in the kidney, and do not cause any problems. Sometimes, the kidney stone can travel down the ureter, the tube between the kidney and the bladder. If the stone reaches the bladder, it can be passed out of the body in urine. If the stone becomes lodged in the ureter, it blocks the urine flow from that kidney and causes pain.
What many people may not know is that stones also impact the lives of young children. In a brand new episode of our podcast, we interviewed Dr. Greg Tasian about when kids get kidney stones and what (if anything) can be done to prevent it.
Dr. Tasian is a pediatric urologist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. As part of this discussion, Dr. Tasian talked about how stones formed by children are similar to those formed by adults.
Dr. Tasian also notes during the podcast that kidney stones symptoms in children could be much different from adult kidney stone formers. To learn more, listen to the entire discussion through the embedded podcast player located below: