Dissolution of a struvite nephrolith in a dog.

J. S. Klausner, C. A. Osborne

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A large radiodense calculus in the left renal pelvis of a 22-month-old, male Great Dane disappeared one month following surgical removal of two struvite (magnesium ammonium phosphate) calculi from the right renal pelvis. The dog's urine likely became undersaturated with struvite for a sufficient period to permit dissolution of the renal calculus. Several factors may have contributed to the decrease in urine struvite concentration, including eradication of a urease-producing Proteus sp from the urinary tract and induction of polydipsia and compensatory polyuria by oral administration of sodium chloride.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1100-1104
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 1979


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