Mercy Urologist Dr. Blaine Kristo Discusses The Diagnosis And Treatment Of Kidney Stones In Women

September 4, 2013
Dr. Kristo interviewed

Mercy urologist Dr. Blaine Kristo discusses kidney stones and their treatment with WBAL-TV11 reporter Mindy Basara

Kidney stones are not typically a very serious condition, but when combined with another condition, they can be fatal to some women.

According to Mercy urologist Dr. Blaine Kristo, when kidney stones are paired with another type of infection, like a urinary tract infection, that can cause urosepsis, which can lead to death in some cases.

Anyone who has had a kidney stone is at a 50 percent greater risk of forming another, but there are ways to prevent that from happening.

"Drink fluids, that's the No. 1 rule, and it sounds so simple. People who are kidney-stone formers, we recommend they drink at least two liters of water a day," he said.

In the past, kidney stones affected men at a much higher rate than women, but that's no longer the case.

Doctors also recommended seeking medical attention if you start experiencing severe pain for an extended period of time.

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Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit, MDMercyMedia on FacebookTwitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.

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