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Ques : What is urology?

Ans : Urology is a surgical specialty that focuses on the diseases of the urinary tract and urologist is a surgeon who treats various diseases of urinary tract like kidney stones, enlarged prostate, cancers of kidney, urinary bladder and prostate, male infertility and erectile dysfunction.

Ques : Do the Urologists treat both males and females?

Ans : Yes. They treat both males and females of all ages.

Ques : Can children be seen by The Urology Specialists?

Ans : Yes. All of the urologists see children with urological problems.

Ques :What is a kidney stone?

Ans :Kidney stones are the formation of crystalline structures in the urinary tract. Stones can be small, from 1 mm to very large, filling up an entire kidney.

Ques : What are the symptoms of a kidney stone?

Ans : The symptoms depend upon the location, size, and shape of the stone. Common symptoms are as follows:

Sudden, severe pain- starting in the flanks and moving towards groins. Typically, described as ureteric colic and loin to groin pain

Nausea and Vomiting.

Blood in Urine.

Increased Urinary frequency.

Burning sensation on passing Urine

.Many times they are symptom free. They are called silent stones.

Ques : What causes a kidney stone?

Ans : Kidney stones affect 1 out of 10 people during their lifetimes. They are more common than most people realize. Common factors influencing kidney stone development:

Gender: Men are two to three times more likely to form stones

Age: Stones occur most commonly between the 20s to 50s

Geography: Those living in hot dry environments are at increased risk.

Seasonal climate: Stone development is more common during the summer months due to    dehydration from higher summertime temperatures and possibly also from higher       concentrations of calcium in urine resulting from increased sun exposure which can lead to         higher levels of Vit D production.

Occupation: Those working in jobs with exposure to climate and dehydration are more prone          to stone development.

Genetics and medical conditions: Individuals with a history of some conditions, such as          medullary sponge kidney or renal tubular acidosis are prone to forming stones. Those with a          family history of stones may have two to three times increased risk of forming stones.

.Infections: Chronic urinary tract infections can lead to the development of infection related          stones, known as struvite stones.

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