Kidney stones do not always cause symptoms. Problems arise when the stone gets stuck or develops during an infection. Extreme, sharp pain in the side or lower back is the main sign of a kidney stone. It may come and go in waves or cycles, or spread to the groin or inner thigh. A stone can block the flow of urine, which can lead to swelling in the kidney.

Other common symptoms include:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Fever or chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Passing urine more often
  • Pain while passing urine
  • Problems passing urine
Kidney, Ureter, Bladder, and Kidney Stone
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Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrienne Carmack, MD
  • Review Date: 03/2019 -
  • Update Date: 04/01/2019 -