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What causes kidney stones (and what to do)

May 17, 2019

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Kevin R. Loughlin, MD, MBA, Contributor

Kevin R. Loughlin, MD, MBA, received an AB from Princeton University, MD from New York Medical College, MBA from Boston University, and MA (honorary) from Harvard University. He practiced urology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for … See Full Bio
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June 3, 2019

what’s the link between nephrotic syndrome and kidney stones?

May 28, 2019

I have polycystic kidney disease in my right kidney and now have a large kidney stone and a smaller one in my right kidney. Does polycystic kidney disease cause kidney stones?

norbert boruett
May 27, 2019

Kevin- a very clear explanation

José Nunes Azevedo
May 27, 2019

Dear Colleague I apreciated your presentation but I think that it is important in the patients with calcic lithiasis to ingest less sodium and it is important to evaluate the calcium elimination (must be no more 4 mg/Kg/ day). Generaly I see also the urinary sodium and I know the quantity of salt that the patient have in 24 hours. If more than 10-12g/day I recomend less salt during the day.

Donna O’Neil
May 27, 2019

Thank you. My husband is a 100% disabled veteran due to chemical exposure at Marine Supply Base Barstow CA, for years now a Super Fund cleanup. He was there in 1960-1961.
Now with a nephrostomy via illegal conduit, and after 5 years of cancer treatments for non invasive bladder cancer and many severe uti, including two separate procedures for kidney stones he is apparently free of cancer and stones. His kidney function is excellent and he is not experiencing infections. He drinks water, flavored with lemon juice, non sweetened organic cranberry juice , and stevia to sweeten it a bit every day. He drinks 48 ounces a day and continues to do extremely well.

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