Paraplegia as a presentation of primary hyperoxaluria


30% of the patients suffering from hyperoxaluria type 1 are diagnosed only when they already had reached end-stage renal disease. We report the case of a 57-year-old woman with history of chronic kidney failure presenting with paraplegia due to spinal cord compression by thoracic mass-like lesions. Bone biopsy specimen obtained by decompressive laminectomy revealed calcium oxalate deposits. Once diagnosis of primary hyperoxaluria was confirmed, she underwent haemodialysis with incomplete improvement of her neurological disorders and was registered on the waiting list for transplantation.

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Dieudonné, Y., Eprinchard, L., Léon, E. et al. Paraplegia as a presentation of primary hyperoxaluria. CEN Case Rep 7, 313–315 (2018).

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  • Hyperoxaluria
  • End-stage renal disease
  • Nephrocalcinosis
  • Oxalosis
  • Paraplegia