Fredric L. Coe, MD; Joan H. Parks, MBA; Murray J. Favus, MD
Coe F., Parks J., Favus M.; Diet and Calcium: The End of an Era. Ann Intern Med. 1997;126:553-555. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-126-7-199704010-00010
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1997;126(7):553-555.
Because the main constituents of most human kidney stones are calcium salts, intuition has always linked stone formation to levels of urinary calcium. The discovery by Flocks  of otherwise asymptomatic hypercalciuria (so-called idiopathic hypercalciuria) in a majority of stone formers made this association more compelling. Since at least 1936, idiopathic hypercalciuria has been a recognized clinical diagnosis that affects upward of 70% of patients who make calcium-containing stones . Naturally, clinical belief would presume that decreasing urinary calcium levels should reduce stone formation, and this belief has translated itself into several therapeutic actions.
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