As Kidney Stones Increase, Prevention Is Key

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If you or your child has ever suffered with kidney stones, you understand the pain. Often kidney stones aren’t a one-time occurrence. In fact, the chance of developing another stone within five years is about 50 percent. Due to the rapid increase in kidney stone disease, especially among women, African-Americans, and children, Dr. Gregory Tasian of the Division of Urology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia wants to change the conversation from managing symptomatic stones to improving prevention.

According to a recent review on urinary stone disease Dr. Tasian co-authored in The Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, the next advances in treating kidney stones should primarily focus on preventive strategies. Currently, about 1 million people suffering from kidney stones visit an emergency department annually — an expensive and excruciating public health burden.

Dr. Tasian says researchers should focus on ways to keep kidney stones from recurring, including increasing fluid intake, making dietary changes, determining the most effective medications, and investigating broader public health campaigns.

If your child suffers from kidney stones, contact the Pediatric Kidney Stone Center at CHOP.

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