Why do stents cause some kidney stone patients pain?

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For most, getting kidney stones removed through an ureteroscopy might be an uncomfortable, but tolerable, procedure.

Yet for about 20 percent of patients, the procedure of treating a stone and placing a temporary ureteral stent – to counteract swelling and allow passage of urine from the kidney to the bladder – is agonizing. A new study being conducted at UW Medicine’s Urology Department will be looking at why.

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