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Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica 2018 August;70(4):393-400

DOI: 10.23736/S0393-2249.18.03113-2


language: English

Obesity and kidney stone disease: a systematic review

Antonio CARBONE 1, 2, Yazan AL SALHI 1, Andrea TASCA 3, Giovanni PALLESCHI 1, 2, Andrea FUSCHI 1, Cosimo DE NUNZIO 4, Giorgio BOZZINI 5, Sandro MAZZAFERRO 6, Antonio L. PASTORE 1, 2

1 Unit of Urology, Department of Medico-Surgical Sciences and Biotechnologies, Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, Latina, Italy; 2 Uroresearch, No Profit Research Association, Latina, Italy; 3 Department of Medicine, International University for Peace, Rome, Italy; 4 Department of Urology, Sant’Andrea Hospital, Rome, Italy; 5 Department of Urology, Mater Domini Humanitas, Castellanza, Varese, Italy; 6 Unit of Nephrology and Hemodialysis, Department of Medico-Surgical Sciences and Biotechnologies, Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, Latina, Italy

INTRODUCTION: Currently, abdominal obesity has reached an epidemic stage and obesity represents an important challenge for worldwide health authorities. Epidemiologic studies have demonstrated that the stone risk incidence increases with Body Mass Index, through multiple pathways. Metabolic syndrome and diabetes are associated with an increased renal stones disease incidence. The aim of this systematic review was to investigate the prevalence, morbidity, risk factors involved in the association between obesity and urolithiasis.
EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: The search involved finding relevant studies from MEDLINE, EMBASE, Ovid, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, CINAHL, Google Scholar, and individual urological journals between January 2001 and May 2017. The inclusion criteria were for studies written in the English language, reporting on the association between obesity and urinary stones.
EVIDENCE SYNTHESIS: The underlying pathophysiology of stone formation in obese patients is thought to be related to insulin resistance, dietary factors, and a lithogenic urinary profile. Uric acid stones and calcium oxalate stones are observed frequently in these patients. Insulin resistance is thought to alter the renal acid-base metabolism, resulting in a lower urine pH, and increasing the risk of uric acid stone disease. Obesity is also associated with excess nutritional intake of lithogenic substances and with an increase in urinary tract infection incidence. Recent studies highlighted that renal stone disease increases the risk of myocardial infarction, progression of chronic kidney disease, and diabetes. Contemporary, bariatric surgery has been shown to be associated with hyperoxaluria and oxalate nephropathy. Certainly, the many health risks of obesity, including nephrolithiasis, will add more burden on urologists and nephrologists.
CONCLUSIONS: Obesity related nephrolithiasis seems to necessitate weight loss as primary treatment, but the recognition of the associated complications is necessary to prevent induction of new and equally severe medical problems. The optimal approach to obesity control that minimizes stone risk needs to be determined in order to manage obesity-induced renal stones disease.

KEY WORDS: Obesity - Kidney calculi - Insulin resistance - Uric acid - Hypercalciuria - Metabolic syndrome

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