Urolithiasis 2 pp 373-374 | Cite as

Urinary Silicate in Calculous Patients

  • W. C. Thomas

Abstract

Silicate calculi are frequent in herbivorous animals1 and small amounts of silicate are regularly present in human calculi2. Recently it has been reported that the presence of polymerized silicate will decrease the concentrations of calcium and phosphorus required for mineralization of tissues in vitro 3. Previously the author has reported that the addition of small amounts of polymerized silicate to urine of normal subjects, 5 to 20 mg per 100 mL of urine, will overcome the effect of inhibitors of mineralization in such urine4.

Keywords

Phosphorus Magnesium Dust Silicate Fluoride 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. C. Thomas
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Florida College of Medicine and VA Medical CenterGainesvilleUSA

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