The Symptoms of Gravel In The Kidney or Renal Colic

Small concretions and brick dust sediment passed in the urine; a sharp pain in the kidney, coming on after severe jolting, and acute pain darting from the kidney to the bladder and down the thigh; great desire to pass urine, efforts ineffectual; vomiting; sudden cessation of pain after having lasted from two to thirty minutes, or longer.

This disease occurs most often in adults, but not infrequently in children. It is an exceedingly painful affection, and may easily be mistaken for ordinary colic or the passage of gall-stones. The causes are the same as those which produce stone in the bladder. They are not fully understood at present

The Treatment of Gravel In The Kidney or Renal Colic

Hot baths, fomentations over the kidney and following the course of the pain, and large draughts of hot water, are the most useful measures of treatment. We will also suggest the use of copious hot enemas. This measure is often very efficacious in relieving severe abdominal pain, for which we have often employed it, though we have not had the opportunity of using it in this disease; but we have no doubt that it will be found a very useful means of relieving the terrible pain of gravel if efficiently employed.