Kidney Stones in Adults (cont.)
Hope Through Research
The Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases of the National
Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) funds research
on the causes, treatments, and prevention of kidney stones. The NIDDK is part of
the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.
New medicines and the growing field of lithotripsy have greatly improved the
treatment of kidney stones. Still, NIDDK researchers and grantees seek to answer
questions such as
- Why do some people continue to have painful stones?
- How can doctors predict, or screen, those at risk for getting stones?
- What are the long-term effects of
- Do genes play a role in stone formation?
- What is the natural substance(s) found in urine that blocks stone formation?
Researchers are also
developing new medicines with fewer side effects.
Points to Remember
- A person with a family history of stones or a personal history of more than
one stone may be more likely to develop more stones.
- A good first step to
prevent the formation of any type of stone is to drink plenty of
liquids -- water is best.
- Someone who is at risk for developing stones may need
certain blood and urine tests to determine which factors can best be altered
to reduce that risk.
- Some people will need medicines to prevent stones from
- People with chronic urinary tract infections and stones will often
need a stone removed if the doctor determines that the stone is causing the
infection. Patients must receive careful follow-up to be sure that the
infection has cleared.
For More Information
American Urological Association Foundation
1000 Corporate Boulevard
Linthicum, MD 21090
Phone: 1-866-RING-AUA (746-4282) or 410-689-3700
National Kidney Foundation
30 East 33rd Street
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 1-800-622-9010 or 212-889-2210
Oxalosis and Hyperoxaluria Foundation
201 East 19th Street, Suite 12E
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 1-800-OHF-8699 (643-8699) or 212-777-0470
Source: National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information ClearinghouseLast Editorial Review: 8/12/2008