Uric Acid Stones
Uric acid stones are composed of uric acid, and they develop in cases of elevated uric acid levels in the urine. These stones can also form when the urine is too acidic and has a pH of less than 5.5 regularly. Individuals who are obese or have diabetes are at an increased risk of uric acid stones, and patients who are currently undergoing or have recently undergone chemotherapy are at an elevated risk too. Gout patients are more likely to develop uric acid stones than those without this condition. While diet alone is not the cause of uric acid stones, individuals prone to getting these types of stones may be advised to limit their intake of purine, a substance found in animal products, including eggs, beef, chicken, pork, and fish. Patients may be advised to limit their intake of animal products to reduce the risk of uric acid stones. Organ meats such as liver contain particularly high amounts of purine, so patients are generally advised to reduce or eliminate their intake of these. Individuals at high risk for uric acid stones should also ensure they get enough fluids; dehydration is a major cause of these types of stones as well.
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