Spondyloarthropathy: An independent risk factor for kidney stones

Benjamin K. Canales, Susan M. Leonard, Jasvinder A. Singh, Irene M. Orzano, Bernard Zimmermann, Derek Weiland, Manoj Monga, Hollis E Krug

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Purpose: To better stratify risk and to verify previous prevalence reports, we conducted a retrospective cohort study comparing the lifetime incidence of nephrolithiasis in patients with spondyloarthropathies (SpA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Patients and Methods: Patients with SpA or rheumatoid factor-positive RA were identified from the rheumatology clinics of two Veterans Affairs hospitals and the University of Minnesota. Among them, 168 were confirmed to meet the American College of Rheumatology criteria and gave informed consent to participation. They were sent a survey regarding their rheumatologic diagnosis, coexistent conditions, medications, and history of kidney stones. Of the total, 143 patients responded and met the criteria for analysis. Rheumatoid arthritis patients were age and sex matched with SpA patients as controls. Results: Populations were similar in all categories except that RA patients were more likely to have used prednisone (P < 0.001), bisphosphonates (P < 0.001), and calcium supplementation (P = 0.03). Kidney stones were reported by 23 (29.11%) of the 79 SpA patients compared with 8 (12.5%) of the 64 RA patients (χ2 = 5.75; P = 0.025). Subgroup analysis of self-reporting stone history in 85 patients was found to be reliable on imaging review (sensitivity 82%; specificity 100%). Conclusions: Self-reporting of kidney stones by patients is a reliable measure. Despite adjusting for medication use and matching two similar arthritic populations, patients with SpA had a higher incidence of kidney stones than those with RA. This finding suggests that SpA is an independent risk factor for nephrolithiasis. Future studies will evaluate urinary risk factors and polymorphisms in the ANKH gene that may predispose to stone formation in this high-risk group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)542-546
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Endourology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006

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