A risk factor is something that raises your chances of getting a health problem.
Kidney stones are more common in people who have had them before. They also tend to run in families.
The chances of kidney stones are also higher for people who:
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Urinary calculi. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/genitourinary-disorders/urinary-calculi/urinary-calculi. Updated March 2018. Accessed April 1, 2019.
Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board
Adrienne Carmack, MD
Last Updated: 4/1/2019