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Article
March 1982

Formation of a Single Calcium Stone of Renal Origin: Clinical and Laboratory Characteristics of Patients

Author Affiliations

From the Renal Division, Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, and the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Arch Intern Med. 1982;142(3):504-507. doi:10.1001/archinte.1982.00340160084019
Abstract

Of 859 consecutive patients with calcium renal stones, 182 had formed only one stone before entering our program. Ninety-three (51.1%) had idiopathic hypercalciuria or hyperuricosuria; 36 (19.8%) others had a systemic disorder producing stones. The remainder, 53 (29.1%) patients, had no metabolic disorder. The frequency of hypercalciuria was lower than among patients with multiple stones. Compared with recurrent stone formers, patients with single stones were older when they passed their stones, suffered higher rates of complications such as surgery, cystoscopy, and urinary tract infection, and had a lower frequency of idiopathic hypercalciuria. During treatment, 11% formed a new stone in an average follow-up period of three years, a relapse rate similar to that of multiple stone formers; however, those patients with single stones who did relapse formed new stones at lower rates than multiple stone formers. Compared with recurrent stone formers, patients with solitary stones were more often treated with diet alone. Since there were no substantial differences between solitary and recurrent stone disease, patients who have formed a single stone should be evaluated and they should be treated no differently from other patients with stone disease.

(Arch Intern Med 1982;142:504-507)

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