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The Crystallization of Magnesium Ammonium Phosphate (Struvite) in Acidic Sterile Urine

  • R. Boistelle
  • F. Abbona
  • Y. Berland
  • M. Grandvuillemin
  • M. Olmer

Abstract

It is usually accepted1,2 hat magnesium ammonium phosphate (MgNH4PO4.6H2O) nucleates and grows only from infected alkaline urines. However, crystal growth experiments carried out in pure aqueous solutions3,4 show that nucleation, growth and also phase transition of struvite into newberyite (MgHPO4.3H2O) occur easily within the acid pH range. The aim of the present study is to check whether or not alkaline infected urines are really required for the crystallization of struvite.

Keywords

Concentration Product Magnesium Ammonium Final Equilibrium Condition Pure Aqueous Solution Total Magnesium 
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    D. P. Griffith, Kidney Int. 13:372 (1978).PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    D. P. Griffith, Kidney Int. 21:422 (1982).PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    F. Abbona, H. E. Lundager Madsen, and R. Boistelle, J. Crystal Growth 57:6 (1982).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    R. Boistelle, F. Abbona, and H. E. Lundager Madsen, Phys. Chem. Minerals 9:216 (1983).CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Boistelle
    • 1
  • F. Abbona
    • 1
  • Y. Berland
    • 1
  • M. Grandvuillemin
    • 1
  • M. Olmer
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre de Recherche sur les Mécanismes de la Croissance CristallineCampus LuminyFrance
  2. 2.Service de NephrologieHôpital de la ConceptionMarseilleFrance

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