What is enteric hyperoxaluria?
- Hyperoxaluria is a condition in which there are high levels of oxalate in the urine. People with hyperoxaluria are at an increased risk for kidney stones or other kidney damage.
- Oxalate is found naturally in foods like spinach, nuts, chocolate, and tea. It is also a normal byproduct of metabolism. Normally, it is removed through the stool. However, if you have hyperoxaluria, the excess oxalate is normally removed by the kidneys through your urine.
- When there is too much oxalate in your urine, it can form crystals. These crystals may cause inflammation or grow into kidney stones.
- Enteric hyperoxaluria occurs in people with an underlying gastrointestinal condition that leads to absorption of too much oxalate from foods.
- Examples of these conditions include: Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases or disorders of the pancreas due to cystic fibrosis or pancreatitis.
- You can also develop enteric hyperoxaluria after certain gastric bypass surgeries or surgery to remove a section of the intestine.