Urinary oxalate excretion increases in home parenteral nutrition patients on a higher intravenous ascorbic acid dose

Lourdes Peña De La Vega, John C. Lieske, Dawn Milliner, Janelle Gonyea, Darlene G. Kelly

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Background: Vitamin C can be metabolized to oxalate. Case reports have suggested an association between IV vitamin C and urinary oxalate excretion. Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration required the dose of vitamin C in IV multivitamin preparations to be increased from 100 mg to 200 mg/d. We compared the urinary oxalate excretion level in stable home total parenteral nutrition (TPN) patients receiving both doses of vitamin C. Methods: Each participant provided a 24-hour urine sample for oxalate determination on the vitamin C dose (100 mg/d), and again after at least 1 month on the increased vitamin C dose (200 mg/d). A 2-day diet diary was completed covering the day before and the day of the urine collection and was analyzed for oxalate and vitamin C content. Comparisons were made using Student paired t test and Wilcoxon signed rank. Results: Thirteen patients (7 males/6 females) aged 63.1 ± 12.2 years who had no history of nephrolithiasis and had received TPN for 55.9 ± 78.8 months were enrolled. The most common indication for TPN was short bowel syndrome (38.5%). Eight patients had an intact colon. Urinary oxalate excretion increased on the 200-mg vitamin C dose, from 0.34 ± 0.13 to 0.44 ± 0.17 mmol/d (mean increase = 0.10 mmol/d; p = .04; 95% confidence interval 0.004 to 0.19 mmol/d). Oral intake of vitamin C and oxalate did not differ between the 2 collection periods. Conclusions: In therapeutically used doses, IV vitamin C increases urinary oxalate excretion, potentially predisposing susceptible individuals to nephrolithiasis. This factor should be considered in patients receiving home TPN.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)435-438
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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