What is included in patient education about hypercalciuria?

Updated: Jun 02, 2021
  • Author: Stephen W Leslie, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Patient education is extremely important in the treatment of hypercalciuria. Only a very motivated patient with an understanding of the need for continuing treatment can be expected to maintain any long-term preventive program, which typically lasts years.

Additionally, no immediate penalty exists for cheating, such as occurs in a patient with diabetes who forgets to take his/her morning insulin. In a hypercalciuric patient who fails to follow the treatment regimen, the penalty (the next kidney stone) may not become apparent for many months or even years. This means that only a truly motivated and informed patient can be expected to follow any therapeutic program for hypercalciuria on a long-term basis.

For patient education information, see Kidney Stones. Other excellent sources of general patient information on kidney stones and hypercalciuria include PK Pietrow and ME Karellas’s " Medical Management of Common Urinary Calculi," available free online from American Family Physician, and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).


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