Identifying risk factors for development of nephrolithiasis in endstage renal disease patients




nephrolithiasis, kidney failure, chronic, renal hemodialysis, stone formation, risk factors


Introduction: We sought to assess the incidence and risk factors for stone development in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on hemodialysis (HD).

Methods: Medical records of patients receiving HD between 2007 and 2017 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients who had been on HD for at least three months and had imaging studies (computed tomography [CT] scans or ultrasound [US]) pre- and post-initiation of HD were included. Exclusion criterion was presence of stones pre-HD. De novo stones were defined as renal stones found on followup imaging. Demographics, laboratory data, comorbidities, and dialysis characteristics were compared between non-stone-formers and stone-formers using propensity score matching.

Results: A total of 133 patients met the inclusion criteria. Their median age was 68.5 years, median body mass index 28.7 kg/m2, and median dialysis duration 59.5 months. After HD, 14 (10.5%) patients developed de novo stones and their median dialysis-to-stone duration was 23.5 months. When compared with non-stone-formers, stone-formers had significantly lower incidence of hypertension (48.2% vs. 14.3%; p=0.03), lower serum ionized calcium (1.16 vs. 1.07 mmol/L; p=0.01) and magnesium (0.95 vs. 0.81 mmol/L; p=0.01), and significantly higher serum uric acid (281.5 vs. 319.0 mmol/L; p=0.03). Multivariate analysis demonstrated that lower serum ionized calcium (adjusted odds ratio [OR] 0.00001; 95% confidence interval [CI] 0–0.18) and magnesium (adjusted OR 0.0003; 95% CI 0–0.59) were significantly associated with stone-formation.

Conclusions: The incidence of de novo nephrolithiasis in ESRD patients on HD was 10.5%. Increased serum uric acid, decreased serum magnesium and ionized calcium, and absence of hypertension were associated with increased stone-formation in ESRD patients on HD.


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Hesswani, C., Iqbal, S., Rafat Zand, K., Sun, S., Unikowsky, B., Reinhold, C., & Andonian, S. (2019). Identifying risk factors for development of nephrolithiasis in endstage renal disease patients. Canadian Urological Association Journal, 14(5), E185–90.



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