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At Levine Children’s Hospital’s pediatric stone center, you can find the trusted, comprehensive care you need to manage any urinary stone disease your child is facing, including kidney stones. With specialists from the pediatric urology and pediatric nephrology departments, we bring decades of combined experience in treating all aspects of pediatric stone disease. From diagnosis to treatment to prevention – and everything in between – our team gives your child the coordinated care they deserve.

With the most advanced surgical technology and state-of-the-art metabolic evaluations, we’re equipped to give your child the highest level of care and compassion. Whether it’s treating a severe stone episode or diagnosing a chronic condition, our team works side by side to deliver family-centered care, nutrition counseling and other support services to help your child feel their best.

What We Treat

At the pediatric stone center, we treat all types of kidney and urinary tract stone diseases. This includes typical calcium stones, or kidney stones, which are the most common. But we also treat unusual renal stone disorders, stones caused by medications or special diets, and stones associated with chronic conditions, such as seizure disorders.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Kidney Stones

Through evaluation of your child’s medical history, a physical exam and testing, our team will work to diagnose the nature of your child’s kidney stones and help determine the cause. While some kidney stones can be managed with medication, others might require surgery. During surgery, our expert urologic surgeon will break the stone into smaller pieces to help it pass more easily. To prevent future kidney stones, we’ll work with you and your child to determine the best ongoing care plan, which might include medication or dietary changes.

Comprehensive Kidney Stone Care

Our team of specialized doctors, nutritionists and nurses work closely to treat all aspects of urinary stone disease for infants, adolescents and young adults. We care for our patients at every stage and will facilitate a seamless transition from pediatric to adult care for those who have recurring stones beyond childhood.

With us, your child will have access to the following comprehensive services:

  • Diagnostic testing and assessment
  • Metabolic evaluation
  • Kidney stone testing
  • Urine testing
  • Radiologic imaging (including ultrasound, MRI and CT scan)
  • Surgical treatment options
  • Ongoing care management
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Patient education and support

What Are Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones are small, hard pieces of calcium or other minerals that can form in one or both kidneys, the bladder or the urinary tubes. Kidney stones rarely cause permanent damage but often require more than one treatment.

A small stone may pass through the urinary tract with little or no pain. Or your child may feel a sharp pain in the back, side, lower abdomen or groin. Also, be sure to look for blood in the urine. In many cases, pediatric stone disease can signify a chronic condition that is linked to recurring stone episodes.

Contact Us: 704-446-5070

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