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Dr. Erin Elizabeth Dunnigan, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
3600 Gaston Avenue; Suite 656
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Erin Roe is an adult endocrinologist. She is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Roe include disorders of calcium metabolism, cancer, and pituitary disorders. Her patients gave her an average rating of 1.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Roe honors. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Dr. Matthew Dawson Shuford, MD
Specializes in Urology
3417 Gaston Avenue; Suite 830
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Matthew Shuford, who practices in Dallas, TX, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Shuford average 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and robotic partial nephrectomy. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Urology Clinics of North Texas, and Texas Health Dallas. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shuford's practice is open to new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and a graduate of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's residency program. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Shuford include: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors.

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Dr. Joshua K Fine, MD
Specializes in Urology
3417 Gaston Avenue; Suite 830
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Joshua Fine's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Fine include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Fine attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Fine is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Urology Clinics of North Texas.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
3417 Gaston Avenue; Suite 875
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Sana Ahmed practices adult nephrology in Dallas, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Ahmed include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney function monitoring. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. She studied medicine at Dow Medical College. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Dr. Howard J Heller, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
3417 Gaston Avenue; Suite 980
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Howard Heller is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. His areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism, diabetes, and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Heller studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Patient reviews placed Dr. Heller at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
3417 Gaston Avenue; Suite 875
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Gates Colbert is a specialist in adult nephrology. His clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. Dr. Colbert accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Parkland Community Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Dr. Hong Xiao, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, General Pediatrics
5323 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Hong Xiao is a physician who specializes in family medicine and general pediatrics. She is conversant in Chinese. Her areas of expertise include wheezing, atrial fibrillation, and appendicitis. Dr. Xiao is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Medical City Lewisville. She is a graduate of Harbin Medical University. For her residency, Dr. Xiao trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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What are Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones are hard deposits that form in the kidneys, made up of minerals that are normally present in urine. They can vary in size, from as small as a grain of sand to as large as a nickel, occasionally even larger. Sometimes they lodge in the kidney, and sometimes they break free and make their way out through the urinary tract, which can be extremely painful.

Kidney stones can be smooth or jagged and are yellow to brown in color. They are mostly comprised of the minerals calcium, oxalate, and phosphorus. Examining the stones to see what they are made of can show what caused the stone to be formed in the first place. For example, a stone made of mostly calcium, which is the most common type, can happen any time the urine becomes too concentrated due to dehydration or a blockage in the kidney. A uric acid stone forms when acid levels in the urine get too high, usually due to excessive consumption of animal protein such as meat and fish. A struvite stone is a sign of certain infections, and a cystine stone can be due to a genetic disorder that raises the risk of kidney stones.

The most common symptom of kidney stones is pain, either in the back or lower abdomen, or severe pain when urinating. There may also be blood in the urine. Treatment for kidney stones depends on how large the stone is. Very small stones can pass out of the body on their own, and they do not require treatment other than drinking adequate water and taking pain killers. Larger stones need to be broken apart and removed. The main treatment options are:

  • Shock wave lithotripsy, which uses sound wave vibrations to break apart the stone
  • Percutaneous nephrolithotomy, or the use of a very tiny tool (like a wire inserted through the back) to break apart and remove the stone
  • Ureteroscopy, a thin tube inserted through the urethra and bladder to the stone, where tiny tools can grasp the stone and remove it

People who have had one kidney stone are at risk of developing another. To reduce this risk, patients are given instructions specific to the type of stone they developed. Generally the instructions will include drinking more water to dilute the urine, but it may also involve lowering sodium intake or eating less meat.

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