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Environmental factors in the pathophysiology of recurrent idiopathic calcium urolithiasis (RCU), with emphasis on nutrition

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A number of environmental factors are under discussion as possibly implicated in the etiology of RCU. On the basis of data in the literature and our own results, we attempted a critical weighing up of the possible contributions of climate, pollution, stress, nutrition in general and especially oxalate and minerals in the nutrition. It was concluded that there is a need for more in-depth research into the response of the body to challenges from the environment, in particular nutrition.

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Schwille, P.O., Herrmann, U. Environmental factors in the pathophysiology of recurrent idiopathic calcium urolithiasis (RCU), with emphasis on nutrition. Urol. Res. 20, 72–83 (1992).

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  • Recurrent idiopathic calcium urolithiasis
  • environmental factors
  • climate
  • pollution
  • stress
  • nutrition