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J Endourol. 2013 Feb;27(2):145-8. doi: 10.1089/end.2012.0438. Epub 2012 Dec 31.

Rapid oxalate determination in blood and synthetic urine using a newly developed oxometer.

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Department of Urology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32610, USA. benjamin.canales@urology.ufl.edu

Abstract

Blood and urine oxalate determinations have been limited to the laboratory setting because of complex sample storage and processing methods as well as the need for color spectrophotometry and ion chromatography. We hypothesized that glucometer test strips, impregnated with glucose oxidase and dyes that measure secondary hydrogen peroxide production, could be infused with oxalate oxidase and produce enhanced color changes in the presence of oxalate. By increasing the amount of sodium oxalate in fresh blood, we found that glucometer-measured oxalate increased on a linear scale. In addition, oxalate levels in synthetic urine could be measured using a visual scale, suggesting that strip dwell time or oxalate/oxalate oxidase concentrations could be manipulated to enhance optimal sensitivity. Although further testing is necessary, this simple, first-generation oxometer may eventually allow point of care testing in the home or office, empowering patients with oxalate-based medical conditions and giving healthcare providers real-time oxalate feedback.

PMID:
22973856
DOI:
10.1089/end.2012.0438
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