Cystinuria in children and young adults: Success of monitoring free-cystine urine levels

Luca Dello Strologo, Chiara Laurenzi, Antonia Legato, Anna Pastore

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Medical treatment of cystinuria is often disappointing. Patients undergo frequent surgery, which is often followed by early relapse. The aim of our study was to evaluate the efficacy of medical treatment of cystinuria, to prevent formation or to reduce the numbers and dimensions of renal stones. Twenty cystinuric patients were treated with a combined approach, including cystine-binding drugs. Free and bound urine cystine levels were measured every 4 months. Drug dosage was adjusted to maintain free urine cystine level below 100 μmol/mmol creatinine. Eighteen patients completed the study; detection of new stones was reduced from 0.28 per year to 0.03 per year, and, in six patients, the numbers and dimensions of pre-existing renal stones were reduced. Surgery was required in one subject, and no relapse was observed 12 months afterwards. The dosage required to achieve target levels was closely correlated with patient body weight: older children required a lower dose. Medical management of cystinuria is feasible. The treatment must be personalised in children, as the amount of drug required is strictly dependent on body size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1869-1873
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Nephrology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007


  • Children
  • Cystine-binding drugs
  • Cystinuria
  • Medical treatment
  • Renal stones

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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