Quantification of hypercalciuria with the urine calcium osmolality ratio in children

Pediatr Nephrol. 2005 Nov;20(11):1562-5. doi: 10.1007/s00467-005-1992-8. Epub 2005 Aug 23.


Hypercalciuria is a major risk factor for kidney stones and hematuria in children. Calcium measurements in 24-h collected urine (mg/kg/d) is still essential for the hypercalciuria diagnose but collection of 24 hour urine is difficult especially in young children. A prospective study was conducted to compare calcium/osmolality (Uca/Uosm) ratio to calcium/creatinine (Uea/Ucr) and to correlate both ratios to 24-hour urine calcium excretion (mg/kg/d) and the value of Uca/Uosm ratio for diagnosis of hypercalciuria in children. Two hundred and fifteen patients aged between 3 to 15 years (median 8 years) were included in the study. Early morning second urine samples and 24-hour collected urine samples were analyzed. The 24-hour urinary calcium excretions were significantly correlated with Uca/Ucr and Uca/Uosm ratio (r =0.67, P<0.001 and r =0.61, P<0.001 respectively). The accepted hypercalciuria level of 24-hour urine calcium of 4 mg/kg/day coincides with Uca/Ucr ratio of 0.18 mg/mg (sensitivity 90.0%, specificity 84.4%) and with Uca/Uosm ratio of 0.14 mg/l/mOsm/kg (sensitivity 90%, specificity 81.0%) in the ROC curve analysis. Positive and negative predictive values were found 98.3% and 39.1% for Uca/Uosm ratio and respectively 43.9% and 98.4% for Uca/Ucr ratio. In conclusion Uca/Uosm ratio is a good marker of hypercalciuria as well as Uca/Ucr ratio and may be used for screening of hypercalciuria.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Calcium / urine*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Creatinine / urine
  • Humans
  • Osmolar Concentration
  • ROC Curve
  • Sensitivity and Specificity


  • Creatinine
  • Calcium