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Pediatr Nephrol. 1995 Feb;9(1):39-44.

Urinary calcium and oxalate excretion in children.

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First Department of Paediatrics, Semmelweis University Medical School, Budapest, Hungary.


We have established normal values for calcium/creatinine (Ca/Cr) and oxalate/creatinine (Ox/Cr) ratios in 25 infants (aged 1-7 days) and 391 children (aged 1 month to 14.5 years) and compared these with values obtained in 137 children with post-glomerular haematuria and 27 with nephrolithiasis. Oxalate was measured by ion chromatography. Nomograms of Marshall and Robertson were used to calculate urine saturation to calcium oxalate. The Ca/Cr ratio was normally distributed whereas the Ox/Cr ratio had a log-normal distribution. The molar ratio of Ca/Cr was the lowest in the first days of life and the highest between 7 month and 1.5 years (mean +/- SD = 0.39 +/- 0.28 mmol/mmol). Following a slight decrease it stabilised by the age of 6 years (0.34 +/- 0.19 mmol/mmol). The highest Ox/Cr values were measured during the 1st month of life [geometric mean 133 (range 61-280) mumol/mmol], followed by a gradual decrease until 11 years of age [mean 24 (range 6-82) mumol/mmol]. Thirty-six haematuric children had hypercalciuria (26%), 23 had absorptive hypercalciuria, 13 renal type. Children with absorptive hypercalciuria on a calcium-restricted diet had significantly higher oxalate excretion than those with renal hypercalciuria and the control group [38 (range 28-49) vs. 22 (range 16-29) and 23 (range 22-27) mumol/mol respectively, P < 0.01]. Calcium oxalate urine saturation of stone patients was higher than that of patients with haematuria and the normal population (1.18 +/- 0.05 vs. 1.06 +/- 0.03, P < 0.03 and 0.84 +/- 0.03, P < 0.001 respectively).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS).

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