Demographics, stone characteristic, and treatment of urinary calculi at the 47th Combat Support Hospital during the first 6 months of Operation Iraqi Freedom.


Journal Article

There are few publications describing urolithiasis in deployed military personnel. Renal colic was the most common urologic indication for air evacuation from the 47th Combat Support Hospital during the first 6 months of Operation Iraqi Freedom and we describe our observations and experience herein. Institutional review board approval was obtained to create a database of patients presenting to the 47th Combat Support Hospital with urolithiasis. Patient demographics, stone characteristic, imaging modality, urinalysis results, treatment course, and outcomes were evaluated for 182 patients. Sixty percent of patients qualified for conservative treatment and spontaneous stone passage was documented in 28%. We conclude that conservative therapy is safe and appropriate initial treatment for the majority of deployed personnel with urinary calculi, however, many patients were lost to follow-up. No patient treated conservatively required admission for sepsis, azotemia, or other serious stone-related complication.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Baker, K; Costabile, RA

Published Date

  • May 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 172 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 498 - 503

PubMed ID

  • 17521097

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17521097

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0026-4075

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.7205/milmed.172.5.498


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England