Urolithiasis pp 343-346 | Cite as

Idiopathic Hypercalciuria — Its Control with Unprocessed Bran

  • P. J. R. Shah
  • G. Williams
  • N. A. Green


Approximately 50–60% of patients with urolithiasis have a high urinary calcium excretionl. In the majority of these patients this is secondary to an increased intestinal absorption of calcium (absorptive hypercalciuria). If a consistent reduction in urinary calcium excretion can be achieved then the incidence of recurrent stone formation is reduced2. Current methods of treatment of idiopathic hypercalciuria consist of dietary restriction of calcium, a high fluid intake, sodium cellulose phosphate and thiazide diuretics. Dietary methods are difficult to adhere to as low calcium diets are unpalatable. Cellulose phosphate is a very effective means of reducing urinary calcium excretion but may be associated with side-effects such as diarrhea1.


Phytic Acid Urinary Calcium Urinary Calcium Excretion Idiopathic Hypercalciuria Phytic Acid Content4 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. J. R. Shah
    • 1
  • G. Williams
    • 1
  • N. A. Green
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of UrologyNorfolk and Norwich HospitalNorwichEngland

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