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What can cause kidney stones?

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Kidney stones form when your pee has high concentration of minerals like calcium, oxalate, and uric acid. Other things that can make you more likely to get kidney stones include:

  • Your diet
  • Diarrhea, which can dehydrate you
  • Obesity
  • Certain medical conditions and medications
  • Family history of kidney stones.

From: What Are Kidney Stones? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Kidney Stones in Adults.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Kidney Stones.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Kidney Stones.”

Urology Care Foundation, The Official Foundation of the American Urological Association: “What are Kidney Stones?”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “5 steps for preventing kidney stones.”

University of Chicago: “Types of Kidney Stones: A Primer.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 23, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Kidney Stones in Adults.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Kidney Stones.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Kidney Stones.”

Urology Care Foundation, The Official Foundation of the American Urological Association: “What are Kidney Stones?”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “5 steps for preventing kidney stones.”

University of Chicago: “Types of Kidney Stones: A Primer.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 23, 2018

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