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1. What is a calculus?
Calculus, also known as stone, is composed of mineral salts developing within the body. It is further distinguished as gall bladder calculus, renal stone, bladder calculus and dental calculus.
2. What is the treatment for calculus?
It depends on the location, type and size of calculus. Small renal stones can go away with proper hydration. However, larger stones (gallbladder stones) require surgery for their successful removal. Antibiotics and painkillers are also administered during treatment.
3. Is surgery required to remove the calculus?
The decision for a surgical intervention is mainly based on the location and size of calculus. Surgery is essential to prevent further complications if it is obstructive calculus, such as gall bladder stone, and.
4. What are the symptoms of calculus?
Calculus is characterised by following symptoms:
- Abdominal pain, renal pain or infections
- Hydronephrosis or urinary obstruction
5. Can calculus recur?
Yes, calculus can recur if preventive measures like dietary modifications are not taken. There is a tendency for the formation of calculus in some individuals with possibility of recurrence.