Donate to Kidney Stones Research, Patient Care and Education

Kidney stones are one of the most painful disorders of the urinary tract. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) estimates that about one million people in the United States are treated for kidney stones each year. Kidney stones are very common and can affect adults and children alike. Men are more likely to develop kidney stones than women, and the condition often runs in families. Your generous donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help physicians at Northwestern Medicine to continue to deliver exceptional care to patients affected by kidney stones.

When urine contains high levels of minerals and salts, kidney stones start to form in one or both kidneys. They can vary in size and shape and are usually yellow or brown.  A small kidney stone may pass through the urinary tract on its own, causing little to no pain. However, when a kidney stone is larger, it can get stuck and can block the flow of urine, causing severe pain or bleeding. The most common symptoms and signs of kidney stones include:

  • Pain in the back, side or abdomen
  • Painful urination that varies in intensity
  • Pink, red or brown blood in urine
  • Urine that is cloudy or has an unpleasant smell
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Frequent urination or a persistent urge to urinate
  • Difficulty urinating or urinating in small amounts
  • Fever and chills (indicating an infection)

 At Northwestern Medicine, physicians who specialize in problems of the urinary tract (urologists), as well as physicians who specialize in treating kidney conditions and disease (nephrologists) are dedicated to providing the most effective treatments to patients with kidney stones. Potential treatments include: increasing a patient’s intake of liquids to flush out the stone, prescribing analgesics for pain, ordering a ureteroscopy to view and remove the stone, using shock wave lithotripsy to break up the stone into smaller pieces and administering percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) to remove the stone through a small incision in the back. These treatments are offered depending on the patient’s age, overall health, medical history and the severity of the disease.   

Kidney Stones Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

With your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help Northwestern Medicine to remain on the leading edge of understanding, diagnosing and treating kidney stones.

Your philanthropy will play an important role in our physician-scientists’ efforts to discover new ways to prevent, detect and treat this disorder.