Bladder stones are hard buildups of minerals that form in the urinary bladder.
Stones - bladder; Urinary tract stones; Bladder calculi
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Bladder stones are usually the result of another urologic problem, such as:
- Bladder diverticulum
Enlarged prostate Neurogenic bladder Urinary tract infection
Approximately 95% of all bladder stones occur in men. Bladder stones are much less common than
Bladder stones may occur when urine in the bladder is concentrated and materials crystallize. Bladder stones may also result from foreign objects in the bladder.
Review Date: 06/17/2010
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; Scott Miller, MD, Urologist in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.