Viburnum opulus: Could it be a new alternative, such as lemon juice, to pharmacological therapy in hypocitraturic stone patients?

  • Devrim Tuglu | devrimtuglu@gmail.com Faculty of Medicine, Department of Urology, University of Kirikkale, Kirikkale, Turkey.
  • Erdal Yılmaz Faculty of Medicine, Department of Urology, University of Kirikkale, Kirikkale, Turkey.
  • Ercan Yuvanc Faculty of Medicine, Department of Urology, University of Kirikkale, Kirikkale, Turkey.
  • Imge Erguder Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ankara, Ankara, Turkey.
  • Ucler Kisa Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kirikkale, Kirikkale, Turkey.
  • Fatih Bal Faculty of Medicine, Department of Urology, University of Kirikkale, Kirikkale, Turkey.
  • Ertan Batislam Faculty of Medicine, Department of Urology, University of Kirikkale, Kirikkale, Turkey.

Abstract

Objective: Citrate, potassium, and calcium levels in Viburnum opulus (V. opulus) and lemon juice were compared to evaluate the usability of V. opulus in mild to moderate level hypocitraturic stone disease. Materials and Methods: V. opulus and lemon fruits were squeezed in a blender and 10 samples of each of 100 ml were prepared. Citrate, calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and pH levels in these samples were examined. Results: Potassium was found to be statistically significantly higher in V. opulus than that in lemon juice (p = 0.006) whereas sodium (p = 0.004) and calcium (p = 0.008) were found to be lower. There was no difference between them in terms of the amount of magnesium and citrate. Concusions: Because V. opulus contains citrate as high as lemon juice does and it is a potassium-rich and calciumand sodium-poor fluid, it can be an alternative to pharmaceutical treatment in mild-to-moderate degree hypocitraturic stone patients. These findings should be supported with clinical studies.

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2014-12-30
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Short Communications - Stones and Infections
Keywords:
Viburnum opulus, Hypocitraturic, Urinary stone, Lemon juice
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Tuglu, D., Yılmaz, E., Yuvanc, E., Erguder, I., Kisa, U., Bal, F., & Batislam, E. (2014). Viburnum opulus: Could it be a new alternative, such as lemon juice, to pharmacological therapy in hypocitraturic stone patients?. Archivio Italiano Di Urologia E Andrologia, 86(4), 297-299. https://doi.org/10.4081/aiua.2014.4.297