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Kidney Stone Treatment Linked To Diabetes

Wednesday, 12 April 2006 12:00 AM

Shockwave treatment for kidney kidney stones increases the risk of diabetes almost four-fold , according to a 19-year follow-up study at the Mayo Clinic.

The study also found that use of the noninvasive technique which uses magnified sound waves to break up the stones, raises the risk of hypertension.

Dr. Amy Kranbeck and her colleagues followed up on nearly 600 patients 19 years after they had to kidney treatment. They found that those who had the shockwave treatment were 3.75 as likely as others to have developed diabetes. Further, the risk of diabetes was related to the number of shocks and total intensity of treatment

The researchers believe the increase in diabetes could be a result of damage from shock waves to pancreatic islet cells. The pancreas is in the blast path of the lithotriptor, the researchers said.

Co-author Dr. Joseph Segura said Mayo urologists will continue to use the shockwave treatment, among other alternative treatments. About a million people in the U.S. have had shockwave lithotripsy, he said.

The study appears in the Journal of Urology.

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