How Long Do Kidney Stones Last?

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Between 70 and 90% of crystals remain tiny enough to travel through the urinary tract and leave the body in the urine without being noticed. When they do cause symptoms, however, kidney stones have been described as one of the most painful disorders to afflict humans. The pain they cause is sometimes called renal colic. ("Renal" means "kidney.")

Effects on the Urinary Tract and Kidneys

Obstruction and Infection. Although kidney stones often lead to obstruction (blockage) of the...

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