- THE PROGRAMMEIt's effective and easy
- EDUCATIONReduce stone formation rates by 80%
- ABOUT THE TESTING PROCESSQuestions you may have about the testing process
- ABOUT YOUR DIAGNOSISFrequently asked questions about your diagnosis
- TESTIMONIALSComments about the Litholink Kidney Stone Programme
- DIETChange your diet to help reduce risk of stone formation
- CYSTINE STONE TESTINGChildren require special care and evaluation
The Litholink Kidney Stone Programme .
Litholink, a LabCorp subsidiary, has developed a programmatic approach to comprehensively treat kidney stone disease. Using this approach, we are able to reduce the rate of kidney stone recurrence up to 80% (Data from Litholink US medical practices).
Metabolic testing is the general term that describes all the tests we run here within our laboratory. When you complete a urine collection and send your sample(s) back to us, we will perform a number of tests and measurements on your urine to determine exactly why you are forming kidney stones. We report the results on over thirty different measurements back to your physician in order to assist them in determining the best prevention treatment for you.
Once a person has a kidney stone, the risk of forming another stone is high. Physicians must determine the underlying causes of kidney stone formation in order to prevent future stones from occurring. Your Litholink testing will provide your physician with the highest quality results possible and help prevent kidney stones from ever reoccurring.
Our program is designed to be both effective and easy!
You complete a simple at-home urine collection. The samples we collect from you will provide an accurate picture of the way you live, eat and drink from day to day.
Litholink then analyzes your urine to determine why you are making kidney stones and sends your clinician a comprehensive report.
Based on your test results, your clinician will prescribe a customized treatment plan that could include increased fluids, changes in your diet, and/or medications. It’s very important that you follow the recommended treatment.
Follow-up testing is a critical step in the path towards stone prevention. Follow-up testing ensures that your treatment is working. Generally the first follow-up test is scheduled two months after beginning treatment. Since stone prevention is a process, and our body chemistries change as we age, annual follow-up testing is important to ensure your treatment plan is still working for you.
- Kidney stones are found in 2-3% of people and 0.5% of people present each year with an acute episode of pain due to stones. These rates have been rising steadily since the start of the 20th century
- Men are more commonly affected than women. After the age of 50 the sex distribution becomes equal
- At the age of 70, you have a lifetime risk of 1 in 8 for forming a stone
- Stones are responsible for more than 12,000 hospital admissions each year
- Stone formation is governed by both intrinsic (heredity, age & sex) and extrinsic factors (geography, climate, water intake & diet)
- Poor fluid intake combined with a low-roughage, high protein diet containing a lot of refined sugar increases the risk of forming stones
- Recurrence rates for stones are high (20% at 5 years, 35% at 10 years & 70% at 20 years)
- Many thousands of patients are already on the programme in the US!
- Simple system delivering easy to use reports
- Features a patient and physician-friendly graphical display of the primary stone risk factors
- Interpretation of lab results offers therapeutic suggestions
- All data is time sequential, clearly showing response to therapy
- Programme includes patient education
- Backed by active research programme
- Recent (US) government funded study shows kidney stones 7th most common and largest single cost of emergency room visits (not resulting in admission to hospital)
- You can contact us direct to order a test, altough we recommend it is something you should discuss with your clinician.
- Your clinician will complete a form which gets sent to us. We will contact you to confirm details of where to send the collection kit.