What is the role of pregnancy in the etiology of hypercalciuria?

Updated: Apr 23, 2019
  • Author: Stephen W Leslie, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Pregnancy has long been thought to increase the incidence of urinary stones and hypercalciuria. Healthy, non–stone-producing pregnant women have been found to have hypercalciuria during all 3 trimesters. In addition, urinary oxalate, magnesium, and citrate levels have been found to increase during pregnancy. This suggests that the overall risk of nephrolithiasis during pregnancy may not be increased substantially, as levels of urinary stone promotors and inhibitors have both been found to rise.


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