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Do I have a genetic tendency to form kidney stones?

Q: I have a 6 mm kidney stone in my right kidney. I consulted a urologist and was told to wait and watch. He told me that I might pass the stone. This is the second time in last 5 years that I was found to have a kidney stone. Is it a genetic disease? My father died because of kidney failure. Can you please suggest me something?

A:Yes, there could be a genetic cause in your forming stones. But it would be safer to label you as a recurrent stone former. You should consult a urologist or a stone clinic in a major institute wherein as soon as your current stone is passed they will investigate you thoroughly to pin point the possible cause of stone disease. Even if they are unable to find the cause they will advise you on general measures such as diet, salt and oxalate intake, water intake and some medicines. Such general treatment has been found to be effective in controlling recurrences. Kindly keep an eye on when you pass this stone. If possible you should preserve as we get a lot of help in knowing the composition of the stone.

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