International Urology and Nephrology

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 259–261 | Cite as

Treatment of immobilization hypercalciuria using weekly alendronate in two quadriplegic patients

Original Article


Metabolic and urinary problems encountered in spinal cord injury patients are multifaced. We report two patients with high-level spinal cord injuries who have developed hypercalciuria after admission to the rehabilitation unit. To establish a clean intermittent self-catheterization programme, the hypercalciuria was treated successfully with alendronate. Twenty-four-hour urinary calcium excretion decreased significantly after medical treatment for hypercalciuria. Since high-level quadriplegic patients may not be mobilized in the acute phase of the rehabilitation, use of alendronate for preventing hypercalciuria and maintaining a successful clean intermittent self-catheterization programme can be considered as a supportive/complementary measure.


Alendronate Hypercalciuria Clean intermittent self-catheterization Spinal cord injury Quadriplegia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Faculty of MedicineBaskent UniversityBahcelievler, AnkaraTurkey

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