Kidney stone Clinic for children has been started to disseminate information & knowledge to parents & families having children with kidney stones, treat children with kidney stones and initiate preventive measures to avoid recurrence of stones in the little ones.
Till some years back, children suffering from kidney/ urinary stones, were a rarity and unheard of. With changes in diet & lifestyle, the incidence of kidney stones in children has increased significantly.
Parents may often mistake their child's symptoms for appendicitis or gastritis. Kidney stones tend to be way down on the list of possible problems.
For children a technique called – Mini-perc or Mini PCNL is recently being introduced. The size of the telescope is 12 French (adult is 20/24 Fr) and this can be easily used in small kids. The net cut on the back is less than 5mm and is safe for a developing small kidney. Larger fragments cannot be removed but Holmium Laser comes in handy in breaking these stones into really small pieces which are then removed or washed out