Bladder stones that aren't removed — even those that don't cause symptoms — can lead to complications, such as:

  • Chronic bladder dysfunction. Left untreated, bladder stones can cause long-term urinary problems, such as pain or frequent urination. Bladder stones can also lodge in the opening where urine exits the bladder into the urethra and block the passage of urine from your body.
  • Urinary tract infections. Recurring bacterial infections in your urinary tract may be caused by bladder stones.
Aug. 14, 2013