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Urinary Stone Center

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The UCSF Urinary Stone Center provides expert evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of bladder, kidney and ureteral stones. We also specialize in treating cystinuria, an inherited disorder in which people are prone to urinary stones because their bodies can't process the amino acid cystine. We are committed to delivering the highest-quality care with integrity and compassion.

Our team includes nationally renowned urologic surgeons, nephrologists, radiologists, geneticists and nutritionists. Together, we provide a wide range of services, including screening tests, diagnostic imaging (such as ultrasound), second opinions, advanced treatment techniques and long-term follow-up care. Our doctors have expertise in minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including cystoscopy, ureteroscopy, shock wave lithotripsy and holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP).

UCSF also has a large research program dedicated to improving urinary stone care, so our patients may have the option to join a clinical trial investigating a promising new treatment.

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    Video Home Visits for Dietary Counselling

    24hr urinary sodium, mean change in mmol/24hrs of excreted urinary sodium from baseline over 24 weeks (Three time points will be recorded: baseline, after 12 weeks, after 24 weeks. Outcome will be mean change from baseline. We wil...


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    Methylglyoxal (MGO) Lowering Cocktail to Reduce Appetite in Obese Individuals

    Body Mass Index (BMI) is a calculated from a person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters.


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    Long Term Clinical Efficacy of Sodium-glucose Cotransporter-2 (SGLT-2) Inhibitor in Cystinurics

    The change in cystine stone size in mm will be measured over time using routine, standard-of-care imaging obtained during the management of patients with cystinuria.


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    The Effect of Sodium-glucose Cotransporter (SGLT) 2 Inhibitors on Cystine Stone Formation: A Pr...

    Utilizing mass spectrometry, the research team will determine the effect of SGLT-2 inhibitor therapy on quantitative sulfur as a surrogate for presence of cysteine in freshly voided urine in patients with cystinuria. This will be ...


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    Preoperative Prophylactic Antibiotic Duration in Moderate to High Risk Ureteroscopy

    any occurrence of urinary tract infection, pyelonephritis, systemic inflammatory response syndrome or sepsis


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    UPURS Trial for Patient-centered Management of Symptomatic Obstructing Stones

    Measure on a scale of 1-10, with zero indicating no pain and 10 indicating the worst pain.


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    Effect of Group Preoperative Pelvic Floor Training for HoLEP

    Urinary incontinence (present/absent) will be defined according to the guidelines of the International Continence Society as involuntary loss of urine experienced during the bladder storage phase using self-report measures at regu...


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    Accuracy of Ultrasound for Detecting Residual Fragments During RIRS

    The diagnostic accuracy of ultrasound and fluoroscopy will be measured in conjunction with endoscopic examination for detecting residual fragments during retrograde intrarenal surgery for renal stones treatment by the same endouro...


    Awards & recognition

    • Among the top hospitals in the nation

    • Best in Northern California for urology

    • n1-2x

      in NIH funding for urology research

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