Dietary Oxalate and Calcium Oxalate Nephrolithiasis

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Journal: Journal of Urology

Publication Date: 11/2007

Summary: Rats fed an oxalate precursor developed renal oxalate stones. When the oxalate precursor was removed from the diet, the oxalate crystals resolved.

Key Takeaways

Oxalates are crystals found in plant foods such as spinach, potatoes, nuts, etc. that can deposit in tissues and cause pain or bind to calcium and produce kidney stones. When oxalate precursors were fed to rats they developed kidney stones, and then when they were no longer fed the oxalate precursors the stones went away.

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