J Urol. 2009 Mar;181(3):1145-50. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2008.11.014. Epub
2009 Jan 18.
Robinson MR1, Leitao VA, Haleblian GE, Scales CD Jr, Chandrashekar A, Pierre SA, Preminger GM.
Potassium citrate therapy has become one of the cornerstones of medical stone management. We elucidated the long-term effects of potassium citrate on urinary metabolic profiles and its impact on stone formation rates.
MATERIALS AND METHODS:
We performed a retrospective cohort study in patients treated at the Comprehensive Kidney Stone Center at our institution between 2000 and 2006. Patients with pre-therapy and post-therapy 24-hour urinary profiles available who remained on potassium citrate for at least 6 months were included in the analysis.
Of the 1,480 patients with 24-hour urinary profiles 503 met study inclusion criteria. Mean therapy duration was 41 months (range 6 to 168). Overall a
significant and durable change in urinary metabolic profiles was noted as soon as 6 months after the onset of therapy. These changes included increased urinary pH (5.90 to 6.46, p <0.0001) and increased urinary citrate (470 to 700 mg a day, p <0.0001). The stone formation rate also significantly decreased after the initiation of potassium citrate from 1.89 to 0.46 stones per year (p <0.0001). There was a 68% remission rate and a 93% decrease in the stone formation rate.
Potassium citrate provides a significant alkali and citraturic response during short-term and long-term therapy with the change in urinary metabolic pro