The incidence of both symptomatic and asymptomatic kidney stones has dramatically increased from 1984 to 2012, according to findings published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
“Kidney stones are a common, painful condition responsible for substantial health problems and economic costs to society,” Wonngarm Kittanamongkolchai, MD, from the division of nephrology and hypertension at Mayo Clinic, and colleagues wrote. “In addition to painful recurrence, kidney stone disease is a risk factor for bone fracture, cardiovascular disease, and chronic kidney disease. Increasing evidence suggests that the incidence and prevalence of kidney stones are steadily increasing across the world, especially among adolescents and women.”
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