stone disease

Low-BP diet may offer advantages in cutting stone riskA diet typically used to lower blood pressure may reduce the risk of kidney stone development, according to a small, recently published study.
ESWL shows efficacy in patients with SSD >13 cmUreteric calculi at a skin-to-stone distance (SSD) of over 13 cm can be successfully managed using extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, British researchers report.
Physical activity may reduce women’s stone riskPostmenopausal women may reduce their risk of incident kidney stone disease by engaging in even mild physical activity and avoiding excessive caloric intake, analyses of data collected in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Observational Study show.
High HgbA1c levels, caloric intake boost stone riskTwo separate studies provide insight into a pair of factors—diabetes and changes in the American diet—that may boost the risk of kidney stone formation, including the formation of certain stone subtypes. A third study, meanwhile, suggests that medical professionals who work in operating rooms face a higher risk of stones, possibly because of high stress and low fluid intake.
Vitamin D not linked to increased kidney stone riskVitamin D does not appear to increase risk for developing kidney stones, say researchers from the University of California, San Diego.
Ureteroscopy vs. shock wave lithotripsy: Advances spell positive future for bothIn this interview, Brian R. Matlaga, MD, MPH, discusses factors to consider in the decision to utilize ureteroscopy versus shock wave lithotripsy, how to counsel patients on the optimal approach, how to minimize the morbidity of each modality, and why younger urologists are more likely to perform ureteroscopy.
Texas Children’s Hospital opens stone clinic, adds urologistsHouston-based Texas Children’s Hospital has opened a new pediatric stone clinic to provide comprehensive care for children and adolescents with kidney stones.
Kidney stone risk, related ED visits rising in womenThe risk of women developing kidney stones is rising, as is the number of cases being seen in U.S. emergency departments, while the rate of hospitalization for the disorder has remained stable, recent study findings indicate.
Kidney stones linked to heart disease risk in womenAn analysis of data from three studies that involved a total of more than 240,000 participants found that a self-reported history of kidney stones was associated with a statistically significant increased risk of coronary heart disease among women.
Best of AUA 2013: Stone Disease/EndourologyMantu Gupta, MD, presents the take home messages on stone disease/endourology from the AUA annual meeting in San Diego.