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Renal Calculi (Kidney Stones)

Nephrolithiasis (kidney stones, renal calculi) is the development of stones within the kidney that may then be passed through the ureters into the bladder and excreted with the urine. This process of stone passage may be painless if the stones are very small, or may cause significan't pain (renal colic).
Nephrolithiasis is a common disorder affecting between 5-15% of Americans. Most stones seem to occur during the fourth and fifth decades of life in men and somewhat earlier in women
While kidney stones can cause significan't pain during the acute episode, the risk of kidney failure is very small and occurs only with obstruction of both kidneys or the obstruction of a remaining kidney when one is not functioning or has been removed.
While the majority (80-90%) of stones eventually pass without intervention, the remaining stones require intervention known as lithotripsy or, rarely, surgical intervention to be removed.
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The Medifocus Guide on Nephrolithiasis provides answers to the following important questions and medical issues:
  • What are the most common symptoms of kidney stones?
  • Are there any recognized risk factors for developing kidney stones?
  • What kinds of medical tests are used to establish the diagnosis of kidney stones?
  • What is the current standard of care for the treatment of kidney stones?
  • What treatment options are available for the management of kidney stones?
  • Are there any promising new developments or potential breakthroughs in treatment?
  • Who are the most notable medical authorities who specialize in kidney stones?
  • Where are the leading hospitals and centers of research for kidney stones?
  • What are the most important questions to ask my doctor about kidney stones?
What Your Doctor Reads:

This MediFocus Guide contains an extensive listing of citations and abstracts of recent journal articles that have been published about this condition in trustworthy medical journals. This is the same type of information that is available to physicians and other health care professionals. A partial selection of journal articles that are abstracted in this MediFocus Guide includes:
  • Should dietary calcium and protein be restricted in patients with nephrolithiasis?.
    Nutrition Reviews. 2000
  • Management of residual stones.
    Urologic Clinics of North America. 2000
  • Kidney stones as a manifestation of hypercalcemic disorders. Hyperparathyroidism and sarcoidosis.
    Urologic Clinics of North America. 2000
  • Nephrolithiasis with unusual initial symptoms.
    Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics. 2000
  • Kidney stones.
    Harvard Mens Health Watch. 2000
  • New insights into causes and treatments of kidney stones.
    Hospital Practice (Office Edition). 2000
  • Pathogenesis of Dent's disease and related syndromes of X-linked nephrolithiasis.
    Kidney International. 2000
  • Update on dietary recommendations and medical treatment of renal stone disease.
    Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation. 2000
  • Metabolic evaluation and medical therapy for stone formation.
    Current Opinion in Urology. 1999
  • Outcomes of contemporary percutaneous nephrostolithotomy in morbidly obese patients.
    Journal of Urology. 1998
MediFocus Guides... When You Need Trustworthy Medical Information understands that consumers who are facing serious medical issues need access to credible, up-to-date medical information to help them make informed health-care decisions. That's why we've developed the MediFocus Guides...the most advanced and trustworthy patient research guides for over 200 chronic and life-threatening conditions. Each MediFocus Guide includes a detailed overview of the condition including information about diagnosis, treatment options, cutting-edge research, and new developments; excerpts of important journal articles from the current medical literature focusing on standard treatments and treatment options; a directory of leading authors and medical institutions who specialize in the treatment of the condition; and a listing of organizations and support groups where you can obtain additional information about the illness.
MediFocus Guides are the perfect solution for consumers who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of their medical issue and avail themselves of the same type of professional level medical information that is used by physicians and other health-care professionals to help then in the clinical decision making process.
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