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Bladder stones - Symptoms of bladder stones

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In some cases, bladder stones do not cause any symptoms. This is because they can be small enough to be passed out of the bladder when a person urinates.

However, most people with bladder stones do experience symptoms because the stones either irritate the wall of the bladder or block the normal flow of urine from the bladder.

Other symptoms of bladder stones include:

  • in men, pain in the penis, scrotum and lower abdomen
  • pain or difficulty when urinating
  • cloudy or darkly-coloured urine
  • blood in your urine 

Additional symptoms in children include:

  • in boys, a persistent and often painful erection, that is unrelated to sexual desire (the medical term for this is priapism)
  • bedwetting

When to seek medical advice

It is strongly recommended you contact your GP if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • persistent abdominal pain
  • a change in your normal pattern of urination
  • blood in your urine

These symptoms are not necessarily the result of bladder stones but will require further investigation.

Medical Review: November 07, 2013
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