Calcium Oxalate: Crystallographic Analysis in Solid Aggregates in Urinary Sediments

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Science  10 Jul 1970:
Vol. 169, Issue 3941, pp. 183-184
DOI: 10.1126/science.169.3941.183


A relationship between crystallographic structure and morphological form of calcium oxalates in urinary sediments is established. The common tetragonal bipyramids have been confirmed as weddellite from their electron diffraction patterns. Other solid forms, such as needles, biconcave disks, and dumbbell forms, that can appear in hyperoxalurias, of both metabolic and alimentary origin, have been identified as whewellite. Micrographs reveal fibrous structure on those whewellite polycrystalline aggregates.

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