Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with hypercalciuria?

Updated: Apr 23, 2019
  • Author: Stephen W Leslie, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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The treatment of hypercalciuria is important not only in the reduction of future kidney stone formation and the diagnosis of possible underlying metabolic disease but also in the prevention of bone demineralization and osteoporosis.

Every physician who treats patients with hypercalciuria may not be able to become an expert on this condition or its therapy. Physicians who are uncomfortable treating such patients should not hesitate to refer them, especially if the patients are highly motivated and interested in treating their calcium problem. A difficult or high-risk case that is resistant to dietary and standard medical therapy in a motivated patient would be a good case to refer to a physician expert or tertiary care center with expertise in this area.

Patients with hyperparathyroidism should be referred to a physician skilled in dealing with this condition. Patients with overt renal failure need the assistance of a nephrologist.


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