Trends in the Magnitude of Urolithiasis Surgery in Ethiopia: A 13-years Retrospective Data from St. Paulos Referral Hospital


  • Tilahun Alelign Addis Ababa University, PhD student
  • Dr. Asfaw Debella Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Traditional and Modern Medicine Directorate, Ethiopia
  • Professor Beyene Petros Professor in Biomedical Sciences at Addis Ababa University.


Ethiopia; Magnitude; Urolithiasis; Surgery;Trends



Methods: A total of 32,370 surgically treated patients were  included in the study. Thirteen years retrospective data were collected from medical records (Log Books and Electronic Databases) at St. Paulos Tertiary Referral Hospital, September 2005 to 2017. Open surgical treatments related to urolithiasis were identified via a thorough review of patient medical records. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, and using Graph Pad Prism 6 Software.

Results:  In the last 13 years, the overall urinary stone  surgery was seen in 2.3% (757) patients. Trends in the number of urolithiasis increased by 38.7%  from 2005 (1.3%) to 2017 (40.0%). The mean age at which the stones treated was 42.5 years. The prevalence of stone diseases was found to be higher in males (68.2%) than females (31.8%). The majority of stones (22.2%) were prevalent between 30 and 39 years of age, being the highest (63.1%) among males. Urolithiasis  increased in men and declined in women as age increased. The majority (46.5%) of stones were  located in the kidneys, being higher on the left. Stone surgeries due to recurrent stone formers were 1.32% (10). The most common comorbidities associated with urolithiasis were reduced urinary output, and benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Author Biographies

Dr. Asfaw Debella, Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Traditional and Modern Medicine Directorate, Ethiopia

Dr. Asfaw Debella (PhD), Researcher at Traditional and Modern Medicine Directorate, Ethiopia.

Professor Beyene Petros, Professor in Biomedical Sciences at Addis Ababa University.

Professor Beyene Petros, Biomedical Scientist at Addis Ababa University.


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