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What should I do if I’m worried I have a bladder stone?

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A bladder stone may originate in the kidneys but in most cases it develops in the bladder. It disrupts the outflow from the bladder to the urethra, the tube through which the urine passes from the bladder to the outside. In men the cause is often an enlarged prostate .  Many people walk around with a bladder stone for years without noticing. But if the bladder stone irritates the mucosa (soft lining) of the bladder, blood may appear in the urine. Typically the blood will appear towards the end of urination. A bladder stone may also cause pain when urinating. If the stone gets stuck at the entrance to the urethra, the jet of urine will suddenly stop in the middle of urinating.  A bladder stone can be detected through an  X-ray with or without a dye test or ultra sound equipment.  It can also be found by cystoscopy – where a tube-shaped instrument is inserted into the bladder through the urethra. Smaller bladder stones can be removed during this examination. When they are bigger, it may be necessary to operate.

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