Childhood urolithiasis: Experiences and advances

J. P. Gearhart, G. Z. Herzberg, R. D. Jeffs

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Between June 1979 and June 1989, 54 children with urolithiasis were evaluated and treated at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. The most common symptoms were flank or abdominal pain (58%) and gross hematuria (28%). In 46 children (86%), stones were secondary to a preexisting condition and in only 8 (14%) no apparent cause of stone formation could be found. Thirty-six patients (66%) had a solitary stone, most commonly found in the kidney. Urinary tract infections were present in 25 (47%) of the patients who had stones. Stones composed either of calcium oxalate or struvite were the most frequently recovered in these patients with infections. Twenty-one patients (39%) spontaneously passed their stones whereas 23 (43%) required either surgery or extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy to resolve stones. Ten (20%) showed recurrence of their urolithiasis, with follow-up examination periods ranging from 1 month to 10 years. Recent advances in the management of urolithiasis and their applicability to the pediatric population are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-450
Number of pages6
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1991


  • obstructive uropathy
  • stones
  • urolithiasis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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