More complications result from kidney stone procedure

04/1/2013 | HealthDay News

A study in the Journal of Urology notes an increase in complications, including blood infections, with a rise in the use of percutaneous nephrolithotomy, a minimally invasive method for extracting kidney stones. The study reviewed data on more than 80,000 U.S. cases from 1999 to 2009 and found the rate of blood infection increased from 1.2% to 2.4%. Complications may be increasing because more vulnerable patients are being treated with the procedure.

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