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Why are kidney stones not removed when a stent is inserted into the kidney?

Stents are inserted to unblock a ureteral stone, often in the setting of emergency for infection or pain. 
 
For instance if the kidney is infected, a doctor won’t want to perform lithotripsy so they may put in a stent to drain it and then return when the infection has settled. They can also be used to relieve severe pain until lithotripsy can be performed.
 

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