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Primary hyperoxaluria type 2

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<1 / 1 000 000

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Age of onset






Autosomal dominant A pathogenic variant in only one gene copy in each cell is sufficient to cause an autosomal dominant disease.


Autosomal recessive Pathogenic variants in both copies of each gene of the chromosome are needed to cause an autosomal recessive disease and observe the mutant phenotype.


dominant X-linked dominant inheritance, sometimes referred to as X-linked dominance, is a mode of genetic inheritance by which a dominant gene is carried on the X chromosome.


recessive Pathogenic variants in both copies of a gene on the X chromosome cause an X-linked recessive disorder.


Mitochondrial or multigenic Mitochondrial genetic disorders can be caused by changes (mutations) in either the mitochondrial DNA or nuclear DNA that lead to dysfunction of the mitochondria and inadequate production of energy.


Multigenic or multifactor Inheritance involving many factors, of which at least one is genetic but none is of overwhelming importance, as in the causation of a disease by multiple genetic and environmental factors.


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Other names (AKA)

HP2; Oxalosis 2; Glyoxylate reductase/hydroxypyruvate reductase deficiency;


Congenital and Genetic Diseases; Kidney and Urinary Diseases; Metabolic disorders;


Primary hyperoxaluria type 2 is a rare condition characterized by the overproduction of a substance called oxalate (also called oxalic acid). In the kidneys, the excess oxalate combines with calcium to form calcium oxalate, a hard compound that is the main component of kidney stones. Deposits of calcium oxalate can lead to kidney damage, kidney failure, and injury to other organs. Primary hyperoxaluria type 2 is caused by the shortage (deficiency) of an enzyme called glyoxylate reductase/hydroxypyruvate reductase (GRHPR) that normally prevents the buildup of oxalate. This enzyme shortage is caused by mutations in the GRHPR gene. Primary hyperoxaluria type 2 is inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern.[1]


Primary hyperoxaluria type 2 is characterized by recurrent nephrolithiasis (deposition of calcium oxalate in the kidney and urinary tract), nephrocalcinosis (deposition of calcium oxalate in the kidney tissue), and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). After ESRD, oxalosis (widespread tissue deposition of calcium oxalate) usually develops. Presenting symptoms are typically those associated with the presence of kidney stones, including hematuria, renal colic (a type of abdominal pain caused by kidney stones), or obstruction of the urinary tract.[2] The symptoms of primary hyperoxaluria type 2 are typically less severe than primary hyperoxaluria type 1 and may be limited to kidney stone formation. Symptom onset may occur in childhood or adolescence.[2][3] End stage renal disease is rarely observed in childhood.[3]

This table lists symptoms that people with this disease may have. For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. People with the same disease may not have all the symptoms listed. This information comes from a database called the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) . The HPO collects information on symptoms that have been described in medical resources. The HPO is updated regularly. Use the HPO ID to access more in-depth information about a symptom.

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80%-99% of people have these symptoms
High urine oxalate levels
Too much calcium deposited in kidneys
Kidney stones
30%-79% of people have these symptoms
Recurrent urinary tract infections
Frequent urinary tract infections
Repeated bladder infections
Repeated urinary tract infections
Urinary tract infections
Urinary tract infections, recurrent

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Ureteral obstruction
5%-29% of people have these symptoms
Renal insufficiency
Renal failure
Renal failure in adulthood

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Percent of people who have these symptoms is not available through HPO
High urine amino acid levels
Increased levels of animo acids in urine

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Autosomal recessive inheritance
Calcium oxalate nephrolithiasis
Blood in urine
Variable expressivity


Researchers have identified more than a dozen GRHPR mutations that cause this condition.[2][4] These mutations either introduce signals that disrupt production of the glyoxylate reductase/hydroxypyruvate reductase enzyme or alter its structure. As a result, enzyme activity is absent or dramatically reduced. Glyoxylate builds up because of the enzyme shortage, and is converted to a compound called oxalate instead of glycolate. Oxalate, in turn, combines with calcium to form calcium oxalate, which the body cannot readily eliminate. Deposits of calcium oxalate can lead to the characteristic features of primary hyperoxaluria type 2.[4]


The current management strategy includes high fluid intake, treatment with inhibitors of calcium oxalate crystallization, and temporary intensive dialysis for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) followed by kidney transplantation.[2][3] Varying success has been reported following transplantation, with recurrence being a real possibility since hyperoxaluria and elevated L-glycerate levels persist.[2][3][5] Careful management in the postoperative period, with attention to brisk urine output and use of calcium oxalate urinary inhibitors may help prevent complications.[2]

To date, liver-kidney transplantation has not been used in primary hyperoxaluria type 2.[2][3] This strategy may be considered, however, as there is more enzyme in the liver than in other tissues.[2] More studies are needed before liver transplantation can be recommended.[3] Other treatment modalities needing further investigation include liver cell transplantation and recombinant gene therapy to replace the missing enzyme.[6]


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    These resources provide more information about this condition or associated symptoms. The in-depth resources contain medical and scientific language that may be hard to understand. You may want to review these resources with a medical professional.

    Where to Start

    • Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Primary hyperoxaluria type 2. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.

      In-Depth Information

      • GeneReviews provides current, expert-authored, peer-reviewed, full-text articles describing the application of genetic testing to the diagnosis, management, and genetic counseling of patients with specific inherited conditions.
      • Medscape Reference provides information on this topic. You may need to register to view the medical textbook, but registration is free.
      • The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
      • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
      • Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
      • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Primary hyperoxaluria type 2. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.


        1. Primary hyperoxaluria. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). January 2008; https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/primary-hyperoxaluria. Accessed 1/2/2013.
        2. Rumsby G. Primary Hyperoxaluria Type 2. GeneReviews. May 2011; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK2692/. Accessed 1/2/2013.
        3. Leumann E, Hoppe B. The Primary Hyperoxalurias. JASN. September 1, 2001 ; https://jasn.asnjournals.org/content/12/9/1986.long. Accessed 1/2/2013.
        4. GRHPR. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). January 2008; https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/gene/GRHPR. Accessed 1/2/2013.
        5. Hyperoxaluria, Primary, Type II. Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM). November 2012; https://omim.org/entry/260000. Accessed 1/2/2013.
        6. Shekarriz B, Stoller ML. Hyperoxaluria. Medscape Reference. March 2011; https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/444683-overview. Accessed 1/2/2013.
        7. Marangella M, Petrarulo M, Cosseddu D. End-Stage Renal Failure in Primary Hyperoxaluria Type 2. N Engl J Med. 1994; https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199406093302318. Accessed 1/2/2013.

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