Prognosis of Renal Lithiasis

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In the vast majority of cases, the prognosis for this disease is good. Generally, the stone can be expelled with no complications associated with the pain. It may take a few days or even weeks. If medical recommendations are followed, the risk of recurrence over time decreases. 

On other occasions, the clinical picture may be complicated by infection, if the stone being expelled obstructs the urinary tract, although this is not always the case. When the infection is severe, it can lead to urinary sepsis. When lithiasis obstructs the urinary tract, this may go unnoticed, and if the obstruction is complete and maintained over time, it can affect the function of the kidney and even cause the blocked kidney to stop working.

In the most severe cases, if this ends up affecting both kidneys, as can happen in certain diseases, chronic kidney failure may eventually necessitate dialysis and kideny transplant.

Substantiated information by:

Bárbara Romano Andrioni
Pilar Luque

Published: 16 November 2020
Updated: 16 November 2020

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