Ureterolithiasis: Facts and Causes

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What is Ureterolithiasis?

Ureterolithiasis refers to the formation of kidney stones in the uterus. Uterus comprise of muscular tubes that move urine from the kidneys to the bladder. The kidney stones, also known as renal calculi cause blockage to one or both the uterus. As a result, patients suffer from acute pain, often called renal colic attack. The severe pain originates from the loin and continues throughout the urinary tract to the genitals, as the stones are passed from the body.

Facts about Ureterolithiasis

  • Those who come from families which have suffered from Ureterolithiasis or have personally been through this symptom are more likely to develop stones.
  • Drinking sufficient amount of water, fruit juices and liquids are the best remedies for fighting kidney stones.
  • People who face the risk of suffering from kidney stones might be asked to go through certain urine and blood tests for determining the best factors which can be altered to prevent the risk.
  • Potential symptoms of this disease generally appear after early stages of stone development in kidneys. If kidney stones symptoms are seen, they appear once the stones move into the urinary tract. Usually, this condition occurs later when the stones progresses through the body and move into one or both the uterus.
  • High percentages of patients who have rare renal tubular acidosis disease also tend to grow kidney stones.
  • Calcium-based antacids and certain kinds of diuretics also increase the chance of getting kidney stones.

How many people suffer from Ureterolithiasis?

Currently, 60% of the world’s population suffers from Ureterolithiasis. Men are three times more likely to develop kidney stones, as compared to women. The most common age of men is between 20 to 30 years. Women on the contrary are not too prone; however develop a risk of kidney stones post 30. As of now, the percentage of both men and women are increasing by 3% on an average.

What are the potential causes of Ureterolithiasis?

The potential causes of kidney stones are as follows:

  • Improper diet: Eating habits such as high intake of sodium, sugar and animal protein can cause ureterolithiasis.
  • Higher levels of calcium: Higher calcium levels present in urine and blood also increase changes of developing kidney stones.
  • Inadequate fluid intake: Dehydration or insufficient water and liquid consumption results in lower urine volumes. As a result, stone forms in kidneys and causes abnormalities.
  • Genes: Ureterolithiasis also happens through genes. Genetic disposition or family history of similar condition is another reason for developing kidney stones. The chances of dealing with such problems rise if other family members have been through it.
  • Metabolic disorders: When body’s metabolism gets disrupted, it leads to various problems, kidney stones being one.
  • Persisting urinary tract infections: In some cases, stones are formed from infections already persisting in the urinary tract.
  • High consumption of Vitamin C and D: Increased consumption and saturation of Vitamin C and D results in development of kidney stones.

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