Economic impact of urinary stones

Elias S. Hyams, Brian R. Matlaga

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Kidney stones have been rising in prevalence in the United States and worldwide, and represent a significant cost burden. Cost effectiveness research in this area may enable improvements in treatment efficiency that can benefit patients, providers and the healthcare system. There has been limited research in the cost effectiveness of surgical interventions for stone disease, despite the diverse treatment approaches that are available. Medical expulsive therapy (MET) has been shown to improve rates of stone passage for ureteral stones, and there is evidence that this practice should be liberalized from the standpoint of both clinical and cost effectiveness. While conservative treatment following a primary stone event appears to be cost effective, the economic impact of medical therapy for recurrent stone formers requires clarification despite its clinical efficacy. Future study regarding the cost effectiveness of prevention and interventions for stone disease are likely to improve both the quality and efficiency of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)278-283
Number of pages6
JournalTranslational Andrology and Urology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014


  • Cost
  • Health care economics
  • Kidney stones
  • Nephrolithiasis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Urology


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