Should we have a lower threshold for treatment of female kidney stone patients? A study of 231 patients by Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust suggest so.
Even though female patients only made up 35.5% of the cohort, they were significantly more likely to present with urosepsis or acute kidney infection, require longer hospital stays and were 20 times more likely to be admitted into the intensive care unit, as compared to men. Urologists should take these factors into account when assessing the suitability of conservative management for female patients.
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