What is the role of staghorn calculi in acute pyelonephritis (kidney infection)?

Updated: Jul 01, 2021
  • Author: Tibor Fulop, MD, PhD, FACP, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Infectious stones, urease stones, or triple-phosphate stones composed of magnesium ammonium phosphate or struvite and apatite account for 10-15% of all urinary stones. They develop secondary to the action of urea-splitting organisms and can grow rapidly and branch out (ie, staghorn calculi).


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