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Urolithiasis in Pregnancy: Balancing Risks & Management

with Dr. Alana Desai

In this episode, Dr. Suzette Sutherland and Dr. Alana Desai from the University of Washington discuss the management of urinary tract stones in pregnant patients, considerations for ureteroscopy, and consequences of radiation exposure in the fetus.

First, the doctors underscore the importance of ultrasound as the first line imaging modality to minimize fetal exposure to radiation. Dr. Sutherland and Dr. Desai also delve into nausea and pain management options, recommended diets for prevention of stone formation during pregnancy, and the necessity of involving a multidisciplinary team in such cases. The episode concludes with a remarkable case study from Dr. Desai’s experience.

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Podcast Contributors

Dr. Alana Desai discusses Urolithiasis in Pregnancy: Balancing Risks & Management on the BackTable 43 Podcast

Dr. Alana Desai

Dr. Alana Desai is an associate professor with UW Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Suzette Sutherland discusses Urolithiasis in Pregnancy: Balancing Risks & Management on the BackTable 43 Podcast

Dr. Suzette Sutherland

Dr. Suzette Sutherland is the director of female urology with UW Medicine in Seattle, Washington.

Show Notes

00:00 - Introduction
02:06 - Incidence and Risk Factors of Kidney Stones in Pregnancy
03:29 - Physiological Changes and Stone Formation in Pregnancy
07:04 - Diagnosing Kidney Stones in Pregnancy
13:08 - Expectant Management vs. Intervention
14:41 - Managing Pain and Nausea in Pregnant Patients with Kidney Stones
17:13 - Decompression Methods for Kidney Stones in Pregnancy
23:13 - Ureteroscopy as a Preferred Intervention
26:05 - Case Description from Dr. Desai
30:04 - Considerations for Ureteroscopy in Pregnant Patients
31:14 - Preventing Kidney Stones in Pregnancy

Resources

Lyon, M., Sun, A., Shah, A., Llarena, N., Dempster, C., Sivalingam, S., Calle, J., Gadani, S., Zampini, A., & De, S. (2023). Comparison of Radiation Exposure for Pregnant Patients Requiring Intervention for Suspected Obstructing Nephrolithiasis. Urology, 182, 61–66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.urology.2023.09.023

Thongprayoon, C., Vaughan, L. E., Chewcharat, A., Kattah, A. G., Enders, F. T., Kumar, R., Lieske, J. C., Pais, V. M., Garovic, V. D., & Rule, A. D. (2021). Risk of Symptomatic Kidney Stones During and After Pregnancy. American journal of kidney diseases : the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation, 78(3), 409–417. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.ajkd.2021.01.008

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