While many urologists think of Randall plaques as precursors to stone disease, the events leading up to the formation of Randall plaques appear to be the real source of stones, according to Marshall L. Stoller, MD, professor, Vice Chair of Urology and Medical Director of the Urinary Stone Center at the University of California – San Francisco.
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David Killilea, PhD, a staff scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), co-authored a study into the causes of kidney stones. The study was conducted by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), in collaboration with the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Marin County and CHORI. Published May 13 in the prestigious scientiﬁc journal PLOS ONE, the study revealed that high levels of zinc in the body may contribute to kidney stone formation. Kidney stones are hard, often jagged masses of crystalized minerals that form in the kidney.
by Chuck Bednar
In an attempt to find the root causes of kidney stones, a common urinary condition that can cause severe pain, a team led by scientists from the University of California, San Francisco have found that zinc levels could contribute to the formation of these small, hard deposits.
New research on kidney stone formation reveals that zinc levels may contribute to kidney stone formation, a common urinary condition that can cause excruciating pain. The research found that zinc may be the core by which stone formation starts.
The study, led by UC San Francisco, opens a new perspective into the cause of urinary stones and related diseases and might ultimately lead to the identification of new preventive and therapeutic approaches.
The article appears in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.