New study from Mayo Clinic Proceedings reveals that cases of painful kidney stones are on the rise. Kidney stones are a painful health condition, often requiring multiple procedures at great discomfort to the patient.
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“Symptomatic kidney stones are becoming more common in both men and women,” says Andrew Rule, M.D., lead investigator of this study. “This is due in part to the increased use of CT scans to diagnose kidney stones.”
Dr. Rule noted that advances in imaging technology have allowed researchers to better examine and classify stone formation in patients than in days past. “We are now diagnosing symptomatic kidney stones that previously would have gone undiagnosed because they would not have been detected.”
While results of this population-based study seem to suggest an uptick in the case of stone formation, further research is needed to clarify findings. The data came from a largely Caucasian area, and white people have a greater tendency toward kidney stones, compared to other racial groups. Imaging techniques also have improved over the span in which the study was conducted. As Dr. Rule notes, the rise in stone formation among residents is notable; however, further assessment is needed to determine if this is a community increase or simply improvements in diagnostic capabilities.