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Prevent Stones from Forming in Medullary Sponge Kidney


2012-09-28 18:16

Prevent Stones from Forming in Medullary Sponge KidneyIf a person have multiple kidney stones and kidney stones that are in the collecting tubules, he may get affected by a disease known as Medullary Sponge Kidney (or MSK). In the USA, about 1 person per 5,000 to 20,000 people have this disease. It has adversely affected many people's lives.

Medullary Sponge Kidney is a benign congenital disorder characterized by dilatation of collecting tubules in 1 or more renal papillae, affecting one or both kidneys. Patients with this disease can remain asymptomatic, and they are not diagnosed until the second or third decade of life or later.

In Medullary Sponge Kidney, cysts form in the medulla creating a sponge-like appearance. Urine pools in these cysts, stagnates and forms stones, slowing the filtering rate of the kidneys. In some cases, there are hundreds or thousands of tiny stones.

How to prevent more stones from forming in Medullary Sponge Kidney?

▪ Medications. Take medicines that can reduce the uric acid levels and correct the urine pH. This should be done under the doctor's instruction.

▪ Diet. Have a proper diet to decrease the stone production. Eat fewer foods high in oxalate if a person tends to form calcium oxalate stones by limit intake of foods like beets, spinach, sweet potatoes, nuts, tea, chocolate, etc. Reduce the amount of salt intake and choose non-animal protein sources like legumes.

▪ Find out what the stones are made of. This is a very important step in prevention. Collect a tone and have it sent to a lab for analysis.

▪ Have an analysis of 24-hour collection of urine. It is also an important way to find out how to prevent more kidney stones from forming. The analysis can help patients detect what is out of balance and the physician can take measure to get it back to normal.

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