Researchers Devise New Treatment to Ease the Passage of Kidney Stones

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 13:26

Researchers at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a treatment that could make passing kidney stones faster and less painful.

According to the MIT official website, MIT researchers have identified a combination of two drugs that relax the walls of the ureter — the tube that connects the kidneys to the bladder —and as they say, relaxing the ureter could help stones move through the tube more easily.

This kind of treatment could also make it easier and less painful to insert stents into the ureter, which is sometimes done after a kidney stone is passed, to prevent the tube from becoming blocked or collapsing.

Christopher Lee, a recent PhD recipient in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, is the lead author of the study, which appears today in Nature Biomedical Engineering.

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