Kidney stones during pregnancy Kidney stones during pregnancy

Kidney stones during pregnancy

Armony in health 12 September, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E. 0


According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, stones in the urinary tract are the main cause of non-obstetric hospital admissions among pregnant women throughout the world.

According to a study from Spain published in the Central Europe Journal of Urology, this phenomenon is related to the different anatomical and functional changes that the body undergoes during this time. “These changes do not only influence factors that predispose people to stones, they also make it difficult to diagnose obstructive uropathy (a blocked urinary tract) in pregnant patients” (quote from the study).

While pregnancy does not increase the chances of having stones, renal cholic in this phase is associated with increased risk for both the mother (damage in the kidneys and urinary tract) and the fetus due to the treatment the mother may need to eliminate them.

Fortunately, 80% to 90% of the stones during pregnancy occur during the second or third trimester. This does not, however, eliminate the possibility of them affecting the development of the fetus.

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