Urinary oxalate and glycolate excretion in healthy infants and children

Pediatr Nephrol. 1990 Sep;4(5):493-7. doi: 10.1007/BF00869828.


The molar ratios of oxalate and glycolate over creatinine were determined in single urine samples of 26 infants and 27 children aged 1-5 years. In 135 children aged 5-16 years, two urine specimens were collected, one before breakfast and one at noon. Oxalate was determined by oxalate oxidase, and glycolate was measured by a colorimetric method (improved chromatotropic acid--sulphuric acid assay after prior purification by cation and anion exchanger). Both ratios (expressed in mmol/mol creatinine and analysed on a log-normal basis) were highest in infants 0-6 months old [mean oxalate 147 (95% confidence interval: 60-360), mean glycolate 175 (72-425)]. The mean oxalate ratio was 72 mmol/mol (29-174) at the age of 7-24 months, 44 (19-101) at the age of 2-5 years and 22 (12-40) in adolescents aged 16 years. Molar glycolate ratios were higher, but disclosed the same pattern. Oxalate and glycolate ratios in fasting urines did not differ significantly from those in noon samples (except glycolate in the oldest age group). Oxalate ratios correlated well with glycolate ratios in children up to 5 years of age only. Random urine samples are thus suitable for screening. However, interpretation of data requires use of age-specific reference values that are based on comparable methods.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Aluminum / urine*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Creatinine / urine
  • Glycolates / urine*
  • Humans
  • Hyperoxaluria / diagnosis
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Oxalates / urine*
  • Oxalic Acid
  • Random Allocation
  • Reference Values


  • Glycolates
  • Oxalates
  • glycolic acid
  • Oxalic Acid
  • Creatinine
  • Aluminum