Urolithiasis pp 165-168 | Cite as

What is Renal Stone Matrix?

  • S. Öhman
  • L. Larsson
  • H.-G. Tiselius


The interest concerning the composition of urinary calculi has been focused on the crystalline components since these constitute a major part of the stone. Important studies of organic matrix have been carried out by Boyce and King (1). In immunological experiments, they found mucoproteins to be present both in stones and in urine. Since then, the “matrix” has been considered to consist of mucoproteins. However, mucoproteins represent less than 3% of the stone weight, whereas the organic matter approximates 10–20% (1–3).


Stone Formation Methyl Phenol Urinary Calculus Stone Material Crystalline Component 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Öhman
    • 1
  • L. Larsson
    • 1
  • H.-G. Tiselius
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Clinical Chemistry and UrologyLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden

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