Treatment of pediatric urolithiasis between 1984 and 1994

David J. Lim, R. Dixon Walker, Pamela I. Ellsworth, Robert C. Newman, Marc S. Cohen, Mark A. Barraza, Peter S. Stevens

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Purpose: We report our experience with the management of pediatric urolithiasis during a 10-year period. Our aim was to assess the impact of new technology in the treatment of pediatric urolithiasis. Materials and Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the records of all patients up to age 18 years in whom urolithiasis was treated from 1984 to 1994. In 37 cases 24-hour urine collections were available for metabolic evaluation. Results: A total of 100 pediatric patients was treated for urolithiasis. Mean followup was 36 months. A total of 79 patients underwent 115 procedures for symptomatic urolithiasis and 21 were treated nonoperatively. In 42 patients structural anomalies of the urinary tract required additional management. Metabolic abnormalities in 48 patients included hypercalciuria in 19, defined as greater than 4 mg./kg./24 hours calcium by 24-hour urine collection. Only 24 of the 100 patients had no identifiable predisposing factors. Procedures included shock wave lithotripsy in 42 cases, basket extraction with or without ureteroscopy in 20, percutaneous nephrostolithotomy in 11 and litholapaxy in 12. Open surgery included cystolithotomy in 10 cases and other forms of open lithotomy in 15. Thus, open surgical removal was necessary in 1 of 5 cases. Conclusions: Compared to the traditional mode of stone treatment, fewer patients required open surgery. Our results indicate that a comprehensive approach to the care of pediatric patients with urolithiasis requires attention to metabolic and structural abnormalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)702-705
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number2 SUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Aug 1996


  • Calculi
  • Lithotripsy
  • Urinary tract

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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