Risk Factors for Kidney Stones
by Jean Baker, MS, RD
A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
It is possible to develop kidney stones with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing kidney stones.
Personal or family history of kidney stones is one of the more common factors. Kidney stones are also more common in adults under 40 years old who are Caucasian or Asian. Risk factors for specific types of kidney stones include:
Uric Acid Stones
A rare genetic disorder increases risk of cystine stones.
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Last reviewed April 2013 by Adrienne Carmack, MD; Brian Randall, MD
Last Updated: 4/16/2013