It sounds unusual — a 6-year-old patient having surgery to remove a kidney stone at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia — but doctors and researchers say the condition is becoming more common in kids. WGAL8 medical reporter Susan Shapiro interviewed pediatric urologist Gregory Tasian, MD, who discussed the recent rise in cases of kidney stones, particularly among children and adolescents. His research shows that there could be a variety of factors, including diet and hotter temperatures.
Dr. Tasian and other researchers looked at 60,000 patient records in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and Los Angeles, finding that as temperatures rose, so did the number of patients with kidney stones. Watch the story to learn more.