Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Are Kidney Stones Hereditary?

Thursday, 03 Oct 2013 05:37 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

Question: My brother gets kidney stones and I worry that I might, too. Are they hereditary? Also: What can I do to prevent them?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

Yes, kidney stones are hereditary. You can prevent them by drinking a lot of water — at least eight, 8-ounce glasses daily — and avoiding dehydration. Alcohol should be kept to a minimum, as it is dehydrating.

Some people who get stones can benefit from being placed on preventive prescription medications. Always try to identify the stones you have by straining your urine after a pain episode, so your doctor can analyze what's in a stone.

Consult your doctor about all supplement and pills you use, since some may cause stones. All stone pain that lasts more than three days should be assessed for consideration of stone extraction or dissolution therapy.

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