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Rise of kidney stones among women

Friday September 9th 2011

A leading expert has said he believes that kidney stone problems are on the increase among women because of tobacco, alcohol and bad dietary habits.

According to Noor Buchholz, a urology consultant at Barts and the London NHS Trust, five years ago there were 400 women treated for kidney stones at his department. This doubled to 800 last year.

He added that the trust had increased the provision of services to deal with the increase and that he had seen no evidence that the rise in cases was slowing.

Mr Buchholz made the comments on the eve of the European Section of Urolithiasis (EULIS) Stone Conference, at Barts.

Kidney stones are often painful lumps which vary in size, are seen more often in men and can grow in one or both kidneys. They are most common in patients between the ages of 30 and 60.

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