Are stone analysis results different with repeated sampling?


  • Terence TN Lee McGill University
  • Mohamed A Elkoushy
  • Sero Andonian Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, McGill University Health Centre



urolithiasis, stone analysis, kidney stone


Introduction: We assessed differences in results of stone analyses on subsequent sampling.

Methods: A retrospective review of patients with stone analyses at a tertiary stone centre between March 2006 and July 2012 was performed. All stones were analyzed at a centralized laboratory using infrared spectroscopy. Patients were grouped according to the first predominant stone type on record, as defined by the predominant stone component of at least 60%. Stone groups included calcium oxalate (CaOx), calcium phosphate (CaP), uric acid (UA), cystine, struvite, mixed CaOx-CaP and mixed CaOx-UA. All patients had a full metabolic stone workup.

Results: Of the 303 patients with stone analyses, 118 (38.9%) patients had multiple stone analyses. The mean age was 53.4 ±15.1 years, and 87 (73.7%) were males. Of the 118, the initial stone analysis showed 43 CaOx, 38 CaP, 21 UA, 4 CaOx-CaP, 2 CaOx-UA, 6 cystine, and 4 struvite. There was a different stone composition in 25 (21.2%) patients with a median time delay of 64.5 days. Different compositions were found in 7 CaOx (to 3 CaP, 2 CaOx-CaP, and 2 UA), 5 CaP (to 3 CaOx and 2 CaOx-CaP), 3 UA (to 3 CaOx), 4 CaOx-CaP (to 2 CaOx, 1 UA and 1 CaP), 2 CaOx-UA (to 2 CaOx) and 4 struvite (to 3 CaP and 1 UA).

Conclusions: Stone composition was different in 21.2% of patients on subsequent analyses.


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Lee, T. T., Elkoushy, M. A., & Andonian, S. (2014). Are stone analysis results different with repeated sampling?. Canadian Urological Association Journal, 8(5-6), e317–22.



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