Crohn’s and Kidney Stones

Crohn’s and Kidney Stones
lisa burks Having extra-intestinal conditions that are directly associated with having Crohn’s disease is fairly common. For those who live with these complications associated with Crohn’s, developing kidney stones is on the list.

What are kidney stones?

Kidney stones are hard deposits of minerals and salts that form within the kidneys. These stones are composed of crystallizing calcium, oxalate, and folic acid. Stones develop when not enough fluids dilute these deposits, which is known as dehydration. This enhances the stones' ability to enlarge and stick together. These stones can affect any part of the urinary tract, from your kidneys to your bladder.

What causes the stones?

Several factors can make you prone to developing kidney stones. Some of these factors include dehydration, diets, obesity, history of having kidney stones, and some medical conditions. Crohn's disease is among the medical conditions that can cause kidney stones. Because diseases like Crohn’s change the digestive process, it can affect the absorption of water, which increases the levels of stone-forming substances in the urine. Having previous bowel surgeries, such as resections, increases the chance of developing kidney stones.
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