What is included in patient education about hypercalciuria?

Updated: Apr 23, 2019
  • 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.

Two 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).

For patients who desire more complete information, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends The Kidney Stones Handbook, by GR Savtiz and SW Leslie, published by Four Geez Press. [30] This book includes a clearly written chapter on hypercalciuria, as well as many other aspects of kidney stone disease that would be of great interest to patients with nephrolithiasis and their families. It can be ordered by phone (1-800-2-KIDNEYS), online (http://www.kidneystonesbook.net/ ), or by writing directly to the publisher at the following address:

Four Geez Press

1911 Douglas Blvd

Suite 85-131

Roseville, CA 95661

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