Caption: Kidney stone. Kidney stones are primarily formed by crystallization of the mineral salt calcium oxalate from the urine. They are irregular shaped stones called calculi (calculus) and are composed of random oriented columnar monoclinic crystals of calcium oxalate monohydrate (seen here) with peripheral deposits of fine octahedral crystals of calcium oxalate dihydrate. Patches of microcyrstalline hydroxyl apatite fill internodal regions. Protein matrices can also be asscoiated with the microcrystalline arrays. The hard stones can cause severe pain as they pass down the ureter (urinary tract). Kidney stones may need to be removed surgically using ultrasound.
Magnification*: x600
Type: SEM
Copyright 2004 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
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