Stone Risk greater In wetter climates


Greater precipitation, and not just higher temperatures, in a region may place its residents at increased risk for urinary stone disease, a new study suggests.

In a recently published study, the Authors found that each 1-inch increase in rainfall was associated with an average of 0.019 surgeries per 1000 persons. Each 1-degree Fahrenheit increase in mean temperature was associated with an average of 0.029 surgeries per 1000 persons.

Then not only higher temperatures play a role in stone forming.

The researchers postulate that the increased urinary stone burden found in warmer places with higher precipitation could be related to increasing inefficiency of human body thermoregulation in wet versus dry heat, leading to greater insensible fluid losses.

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