When should infected kidney stones be removed?

Infected kidney stones should be removed shortly after detection or diagnosis. The infected stones generally grow rapidly and serve as a nidus (or center) for further stone formation. This stone matrix is believed to protect the bacteria from antibiotics. In essence, antibiotics cannot clear the associated infection unless the stone material is completely removed.

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