While vitamin D (vitD) deficiency is thought to contribute to poor health in a variety of ways and should be corrected, there is still concern about giving vitD supplements to patients with a history of nephrolithiasis. The aim is to study the prevalence of vitD deficiency and the effect on stone risk of cholecalciferol (vitD3) supplementation in a cohort of idiopathic stone formers (ISF). We screened for vitD deficiency and urinary measures of stone risk, comparing vitD deficient (serum 25-OH vitD ≤30 nmol/L; ≤12 ng/mL) with vitD insufficient (31–75 nmol/L; 13–30 ng/mL) or vitD replete (>75 nmol/L; >30 ng/mL); we investigated the effect of giving vitD3 (20,000 IU orally, weekly for 4 months) to 37 of the vitD deficients. Thirty-one percent (142/456) were vitD deficient, 57% (259/456) vitD insufficient, and the rest (12%) vitD replete (55/456). Comparison among the groups showed that baseline 24-h urinary measures related to stone risk expressed as concentration ratios over urine creatinine (Cr), such as U. Calcium/Cr, U. Oxalate/Cr, U. Citrate/Cr, and U. Uric acid/Cr were not significantly different. VitD3 supplementation did significantly increase serum 25-OH vitD levels and U. Phosphate/Cr ratios, as well as reduce serum parathyroid hormone (PTH) concentrations. Following vitD3 supplementation, there was an overall rise in 24-h urine calcium excretion, but it failed to reach statistical significance (p = 0.06). U. Calcium/Cr increased in 22 out of 37 patients (average increase +0.07 mmol/mmol), decreased in 14 (average decrease −0.13 mmol/mmol), and remained unchanged in 1; 6 out of 26 initially normocalciuric ISF developed hypercalciuria; and 6 out of 9 patients who became vitD replete were hypercalciuric after supplementation. It is appropriate to monitor urinary Ca excretion in vitD-supplemented stone formers, because it may reveal underlying hypercalciuria in some treated patients.
- Renal stones
- Vitamin D