Primary hyperoxaluria type 2 (PH2)

Primary hyperoxaluria type 2 (PH2) is a disorder of glyoxylate metabolism caused by deficiency in the enzyme glyoxylate reductase/hydroxypyruvate reductase leading to the accumulation of calcium oxalate crystals, mainly in the kidneys. The gene affected in this pathology is GRHPR.

Primary hyperoxaluria type 2 or PH2 is a rare genetic disorder of glyoxylate metabolism with an autosomal recessive inheritance pattern caused by an accumulation of glyoxylate in different organs. The symptomatology is not as severe as that of primary hyperoxaluria type 1 or PH1, also discussed in tellmeGen.

The prevalence of PH2 is lower than that of PH1 and is estimated at around one case per million population.


The first symptoms usually appear in childhood and include recurrent kidney stone formation, calcium deposits in the kidneys and kidney disease. In more advanced stages of the disease, very high blood levels of oxalate can be reached that would damage other organs and is known as systemic oxalosis.

Detection of oxalate and L-glycerate in urine, analysis of kidney stones, determination of glyoxylate reductase activity in liver biopsy and genetic testing are helpful in the diagnosis of PH2.

Disease management

Early supportive measures are essential for the maintenance of renal function. The goal of treatment is to minimize calcium oxalate deposits to prevent renal failure, so it is important that patients drink an appropriate amount of fluids and are treated with oxalate crystal formation inhibitor drugs. As the disease progresses, some patients may require intensive dialysis and kidney transplantation. The prognosis, if the disease is not treated, is severe.

Genes analyzed



Rumsby G, Hulton SA. Primary Hyperoxaluria Type 2. 2008 Dec 2 [updated 2017 Dec 21]. In: Adam MP, Everman DB, Mirzaa GM, Pagon RA, Wallace SE, Bean LJH, Gripp KW, Amemiya A, editors. GeneReviews® [Internet]. Seattle (WA): University of Washington, Seattle; 1993-2022.

Takayama T, Takaoka N, Nagata M, et al . Ethnic differences in GRHPR mutations in patients with primary hyperoxaluria type 2. Clin Genet. 2014 Oct;86(4):342-8.

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