It's a disease that's usually associated with older men, but a new study conducted by doctors from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia finds kidney stones are on the rise, particularly among adolescent females, especially African-Americans, in the U.S.
“The emergence of kidney stones in children is particularly worrisome, because there is limited evidence on how to best treat children for this condition,” said study leader Gregory E. Tasian, MD, MSc, MSCE, a pediatric urologist and epidemiologist at CHOP. “The fact that stones were once rare and are now increasingly common could contribute to the inappropriate use of diagnostic tests such as CT scans for children with kidney stones, since healthcare providers historically have not been accustomed to evaluating and treating children with kidney stones.”
One of Dr. Tasian's patients is 16-year-old Victoria Tappan. Victoria was first diagnosed with kidney stones when she was 12 years old. She's been in and out of school because of the pain, and she is about to undergo surgery to remove her current stones. She and her mother, who also suffers from the condition, want people to know it is possible for teens to develop kidney stones. Watch their story on CBS3.
Learn more about the Pediatric Kidney Stone Center at CHOP.