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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49-54

The relevance of Randall's plaques

1 Department of Urology, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
2 Stevan Streem Center for Endourology and Stone Disease, Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA
3 Fertility and Gynaecology Centre at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore

Correspondence Address:
Michael Y. C. Wong
Medical Director of Urology, Fertility and Gynaecology Centre at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, #10-09 Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, 3 Mount Elizabeth S(228510)
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.124207

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The pathophysiology of nephrolithiasis is not fully understood. The pioneering work of Alexander Randall in the 1940s sought to clarify our understanding of stone formation. This review traces the inception of the theory of Randall's plaques and the refinement of the hypothesis in the early days of kidney stone research. It then reviews the contemporary findings utilizing sophisticated investigative techniques that shed additional light on the pathophysiology and redefine the seminal findings of Dr. Randall that were made 70 years ago.

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