The incidence of kidney stones is increasing, especially in women, according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic. Kidney stones are very painful and often require multiple procedures to treat.
Using data from the Rochester Epidemiology Project, the researchers focused on the gender and age of people with first-time kidney stones in Minnesota from 1984 to 2012. They found that in this group, kidney stones affected more women than men, and the greatest increase in stone formation occurred in women between 18 and 39. Women also had a higher incidence of infected kidney stones due to recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs).
One reason for the rise, researchers say, is that advances in imaging technology have improved kidney stone detection and classification in recent years. Their results were published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.