Renal histopathology and crystal deposits in patients with small bowel resection and calcium oxalate stone disease

Andrew P. Evan, James E. Lingeman, Elaine M. Worcester, Sharon B. Bledsoe, Andre J. Sommer, James C. Williams, Amy E. Krambeck, Carrie L. Philips, Fredric L. Coe

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We present here the anatomy and histopathology of kidneys from 11 patients with renal stones following small bowel resection, including 10 with Crohn's disease and 1 resection in infancy for unknown cause. They presented predominantly with calcium oxalate stones. Risks of formation included hyperoxaluria (urine oxalate excretion greater than 45 mg per day) in half of the cases, and acidic urine of reduced volume. As was found with ileostomy and obesity bypass, inner medullary collecting ducts (IMCDs) contained crystal deposits associated with cell injury, interstitial inflammation, and papillary deformity. Cortical changes included modest glomerular sclerosis, tubular atrophy, and interstitial fibrosis. Randall's plaque (interstitial papillary apatite) was abundant, with calcium oxalate stone overgrowth similar to that seen in ileostomy, idiopathic calcium oxalate stone formers, and primary hyperparathyroidism. Abundant plaque was compatible with the low urine volume and pH. The IMCD deposits all contained apatite, with calcium oxalate present in three cases, similar to findings in patients with obesity bypass but not an ileostomy. The mechanisms for calcium oxalate stone formation in IMCDs include elevated urine and presumably tubule fluid calcium oxalate supersaturation, but a low calcium to oxalate ratio. However, the mechanisms for the presence of IMCD apatite remain unknown.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310-317
Number of pages8
JournalKidney international
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2010


  • clinical nephrology
  • kidney stones
  • renal biopsy
  • renal pathology
  • renal physiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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