Kidney Stones: Diagnosis, Treatment, & Future Prevention


Kidney stones are a common medical issue, affecting 1 in 11 people during their lifetime. Stones form when normally soluble material supersaturates in the urine and begins to crystalize. Management is dependent on stone size, but includes hydration, pain medication, and removal of stone. In pediatric patients or repeat stone-forming patients, stone analysis and supersaturation profiles are important for long term management and prevention. There are numerous stone compositions, which can indicate possible underlying pathologies or target therapy. Without appropriate treatment, reoccurring kidney stones can cause permanent renal damage or failure. This presentation provides an overview on kidney stone clinical presentation, laboratory and radiographic findings, composition types, and spontaneous and familial risk factors.

Originally published on February 28, 2018

Lecture Presenter

Jessica Corean, MD

Jessica Corean, MD

PGY3: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Resident
University of Utah School of Medicine

Dr. Jessica Corean is a North Dakota native. After earning her Bachelor’s from the University of Montana with high honors, she obtained her MD from the University of North Dakota.


After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the clinical presentation, laboratory, and radiographic findings of an individual affected by a kidney stone.
  • Compare three composition types of kidney stones and contrast their clinical management.
  • Differentiate spontaneous and familial risk factors for kidney stone development.

Sponsored by:

University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, and ARUP Laboratories