Background and purpose: The epidemiologic data regarding stone composition in Israel are based on anachronistic methods of stone analysis. Historically, Israel was noted for an unusually high percentage of uric acid stones. The aim of the study was to describe the current stone composition distribution in Israel, using modern techniques of urinary stone analysis. Age and sex correlations were investigated.
Materials and methods: In a bicenter study, using infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction, stones from five hundred and thirty eight (538) patients were analyzed and demographic data recorded.
Results: The study cohort included 401 men (74.5%) and 137 women (25.5%) with a male to female ratio of 2.9:1 and a median age of 48 years (range 2-85 years). While calcium oxalate monohydrate was the predominant component in both sexes, it was lower in female patients (77.3% vs 65%). The rate of infection stones (struvite+carbonate apatite) was significantly higher in women (35.7% vs 10.2%). Uric acid stones were found in only 14.5% of the patients and increased with age. Conversely, the rate of calcium oxalate dihydrate decreased with age.
Conclusions: Modern techniques of urinary stone analysis showed that the most frequent stone component in Israel is calcium oxalate monohydrate. In contrast to earlier reports and in accordance with reports from other countries, the overall frequency of uric acid is 14.5%. With age, the frequency of uric acid increases reaching 21% in persons >60 years old. A significant sex difference was noted in the distribution of calcium oxalate stones and infection stones. The classic 3:1 ratio was maintained, however.