Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and health past. A physical exam will be done. Your doctor may think you have a kidney stone based on your symptoms. Testing can help find where the stone is and what type it is. Tests may include:

  • Urinalysis and urine culture—To look for infection, or a higher than normal amount of minerals or other matter that cause stones.
  • Blood tests—To look for higher than normal amounts of minerals or other matter that cause stones.
  • Imaging tests look at structures to find the location of the kidney stone. These include:
  • 24-hour urine collection—Tests look for levels of minerals and other matter that can form kidney stones such as uric acid, calcium, or oxalate.
  • Stone analysis—Collected stones are looked at in a lab to see what type it is. This will help with preventing stones from happening again.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrienne Carmack, MD
  • Review Date: 03/2019 -
  • Update Date: 04/02/2019 -