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Kidney Stones Program

Connecticut Children’s Reductions of Children’s Kidney Stones (“ROCKS”) Clinic provides a full range of diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic innovations for children and adolescents affected by kidney stones, including those who’ve had them previously and those who are at risk for developing them. We provide advanced evaluation and treatment of kidney stones and actively work to reduce the rate of their reoccurrence through dietary changes or medications.

Kidney stones are small, hard deposits of mineral and acid salts that form inside the kidneys or ureter (the tube that connects the kidney to the bladder). These stones can block the drainage of urine and cause pain. Our multidisciplinary program brings together pediatric nephrologists, urologists, nutritionists and nurses to help treat and manage children with stones. Treatment typically involves noninvasive or minimally invasive surgery, while more complex cases may require the use of robotic surgery techniques to remove the stones. After treatment, nephrology specialists perform blood and urine analysis to look for any abnormalities that could be potential causes for the stones. Dedicated nutritionists help patients and families optimize diet to prevent future kidney stones.

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