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Pan masala can cause larger kidney stones: Experts

IANS Mar 18, 2024

Experts at a urology conference at King George’s Medical University (KGMU) have said that consumption of polluted groundwater and pan masala may cause large kidney stones (over 2 cm).

Prof. Apul Goel of KGMU said: “In our outpatient department, about 70 per cent of patients with large stones exceeding 2 cm are often linked to factors like pan masala use, inadequate hydration, or contaminated water.”

Advancements in minimally invasive procedures offer hope for such patients, said experts at the conference on 16 March.

Prof. M S Agrawal, former faculty at SN Medical College Agra and former president of the association, emphasised the efficacy of percutaneous nephrolithotomy technology, enabling surgery without incisions or multiple holes, with patients typically discharged within a day.

Meanwhile, Dr Salil Tandon of Lucknow and Dr Vipul Tandon of Prayagraj underscored progress in removing stones smaller than 2 cm through ureteroscopy, eliminating the need for incisions.

Prof. SN Shankhwar, director of BHU Institute of Medical Sciences, highlighted the grave symptoms of Chyluria, a rare condition in which lymphatic fluid leaks into the kidneys and turns the urine milky white due to blockage of lymphatic channels and loss of nutrients through urine.

It is often a cause of filariasis. “There is a need to tell people that surgical intervention offers a promising cure for this debilitating condition,” he added.

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