An epidemiological study of stone disease in a Northern Italian city was carried out by means of a postal questionnaire mailed to 6000 individuals (2.5% of the entire population). It was found that the incidence of stone disease was comparable to that of industrialised Western Europe. There was a relationship between stone disease and gout and stone disease and a positive family history. The frequency of uric acid stones was high (26.5%). Stone-formers showed no alimentary differences from non-stone formers apart from the use of spices and herbs. Stone-formers used less water from public aqueducts and more uncarbonated mineral water, but only 19% of these drank at least 2 litres a day.
Epidemiological Study of Urinary Tract Stones in a Northern Italian City / L. BORGHI;P. P. FERRETTI;G. F. ELIA;F. AMATO;E. MELLONI; MR. TRAPASSI;A. NOVARINI. - In: BRITISH JOURNAL OF UROLOGY. - ISSN 0007-1331. - 65(1990), pp. 231-235.
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