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Test ID: SSATR Supersaturation Profile, Random, Urine

Reporting Name

Supersaturation, Peds, Random, U

Useful For

Diagnosis and management of patients with renal lithiasis:

-Predicting the likely composition of the stone, in patients who have a radiopaque stone, for whom stone analysis is not available. This may help in designing a treatment program

-Identifying specific risk factors for stones formation using a random urine collection

-Monitoring the effectiveness of therapy by confirming that the crystallization potential has indeed decreased

-Evaluation of kidney excretion of acid and urine pH

Clinical Information

Urine is often supersaturated, which favors precipitation of several crystalline phases such as calcium oxalate, calcium phosphate, and uric acid. However, crystals do not always form in supersaturated urine because supersaturation is balanced by crystallization inhibitors that are also present in urine. Urinary inhibitors include ions (eg, citrate) and macromolecules but remain poorly understood.


Urine supersaturation is calculated by measuring the concentration of all the ions that can interact (potassium, calcium, phosphorus, oxalate, uric acid, citrate, magnesium, sodium, chloride, sulfate, and pH). Once the concentrations of all the relevant urinary ions are known, a computer program can calculate the theoretical supersaturation with respect to the important crystalline phases (eg, calcium oxalate).(1)


Since the supersaturation of urine has been shown to correlate with stone type,(2) therapy is often targeted towards decreasing those urinary supersaturations that are identified. Treatment strategies include alterations in diet and fluid intake as well as drug therapy, all designed to decrease the urine supersaturation.


Delta G (DG), the Gibbs free energy of transfer from a supersaturated to a saturated solution, is negative for undersaturated solutions and positive for supersaturated solutions. In most cases, the supersaturation levels are slightly positive, even in normal individuals, but are balanced by an inhibitor activity.


While the DG of urine is often positive, even in the urine of non-stone formers, on average, the DG is even more positive in those individuals who do form kidney stones. The reference values are simply derived by comparing urinary DG values for the important stone-forming crystalline phases between a population of stone formers and a population of non-stone formers. Those DG values that are outside the expected range in a population of non-stone formers are marked abnormal.


A normal or increased citrate value suggests that potassium citrate may be a less effective choice for treatment of a patient with calcium oxalate or calcium phosphate stones.


If the urine citrate is low, secondary causes should be excluded including hypokalemia, renal tubular acidosis, gastrointestinal bicarbonate losses (eg, diarrhea or malabsorption), or an exogenous acid load (eg, excessive consumption of meat protein).


An increased urinary oxalate value may prompt a search for genetic abnormalities of oxalate production (ie, primary hyperoxaluria). Secondary hyperoxaluria can result from diverse gastrointestinal disorders that result in malabsorption. Milder hyperoxaluria could result from excess dietary oxalate consumption or reduced calcium (dairy) intake, perhaps even in the absence of gastrointestinal disease.


Low urine ammonium and high urine pH suggests renal tubular acidosis. Such patients are at risk of calcium phosphate stones.


The results can be used to determine the likely effect of a therapeutic intervention on stone-forming risk. For example, taking oral potassium citrate will raise the urinary citrate excretion, which should reduce calcium phosphate supersaturation (by reducing free ionic calcium), but citrate administration also increases urinary pH (because it represents an alkali load), which promotes calcium phosphate crystallization. The net result of this or any therapeutic manipulation could be assessed by collecting a 24-hour urine and comparing the supersaturation calculation for calcium phosphate before and after therapy.


Important stone-specific factors:

-Calcium oxalate stones: Urine volume, calcium, oxalate, citrate, and uric acid excretion are all risk factors that are possible targets for therapeutic intervention.

-Calcium phosphate stones (apatite or brushite): Urinary volume, calcium, pH, and citrate significantly influence the supersaturation for calcium phosphate. Of note, a urine pH of less than 6 may help reduce the tendency for these stones to form.

-Uric acid stones: Urine pH, volume, and uric acid excretion levels influence the supersaturation. Urine pH is especially critical, in that uric acid is unlikely to crystallize if the pH is greater than 6.

-Sodium urate stones: Alkaline pH and high uric acid excretion promote stone formation.


A low urine volume is a universal risk factor for all types of kidney stones.


The following reference means for calculated supersaturation apply to 24-hour timed collections. No information is available for random collections.


Supersaturation Reference Means (Delta G: DG)

Brushite: 0.21 DG

Hydroxyapatite: 3.96 DG

Uric acid: 1.04 DG

Sodium urate: 1.76 DG


Values for individual analytes that are part of this panel on a random urine collection are best interpreted as a ratio to the creatinine excretion. Following are pediatric reference ranges for the important analytes for which pediatric data is available.


Oxalate/Creatinine (mg/mg)

Age (year)

95th Percentile
















Matos V, Van Melle G, Werner D, et al: Urinary oxalate and urate to creatinine ratios in a healthy pediatric population. Am J Kidney Dis. 1999;34:e1


Uric Acid/Creatinine (mg/mg)

Age (year)

5th Percentile

95th Percentile





























Matos V, Van Melle G, Werner D, et al: Urinary oxalate and urate to creatinine ratios in a healthy pediatric population. Am J Kidney Dis. 1999;34:e1


Phosphate/Creatinine (mg/mg)

Age (year)

5th Percentile

95th Percentile


























Matos V, van Melle G, Boulat O, et al: Urinary phosphate/creatinine, calcium/creatinine, and magnesium/creatinine ratios in a healthy pediatric population. J Pediatr. 1997;131:252-257


Magnesium/Creatinine (mg/g)

Age (year)

95th Percentile


















Matos V, van Melle G, Boulat O, et al: Urinary phosphate/creatinine, calcium/creatinine, and magnesium/creatinine ratios in a healthy pediatric population. J Pediatr. 1997;131:252-257


Citrate/Creatinine (mg/mg)

Age (year)

95th Percentile




Srivastava T, Winston MJ, Auron A, et al: Urine calcium/citrate ratio in children with hypercalciuric stones. Pediatr Res. 2009;66:85-90

Profile Information

Test ID Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
RRSUP Supersaturation, Random, U No Yes
NAUR Sodium, Random, U Yes, (order RNAUR) Yes
KURR Potassium, Random, U Yes, (order RKUR) Yes
CACR2 Calcium, Random, U Yes, (order CACR3) Yes
MAGR Magnesium, Random, U Yes, (order MAGRU) Yes
CLUR Chloride, Random, U Yes, (order RCHLU) Yes
POUR Phosphorus, Pediatric, Random, U Yes, (order RPHOC) Yes
SULFR Sulfate, Random, U No Yes
CITRR Citrate Excretion, Peds, Random, U Yes, (order CITRA) Yes
OXUR Oxalate, Pediatric, Random, U Yes, (order ROXUR) Yes
UPHR pH, Random, U No Yes
URCUR Uric Acid, Random, U Yes, (order RURC1) Yes
CTURR Creatinine, Random, U Yes, (order RCTUR) Yes
UOSMR Osmolality, Random, U No Yes
RAMCN Ammonium, Random, U Yes, (order RAMBO) Yes

Report Available

2 to 5 days

Day(s) Performed

Monday through Friday

Clinical Reference

1. Werness PG, Brown CM, Smith LH, Finlayson B: EQUIL2: a BASIC computer program for the calculation of urinary saturation. J Urol. 1985 Dec;134(6):1242-1244

2. Parks JH, Coward M, Coe FL: Correspondence between stone composition and urine supersaturation in nephrolithiasis. Kidney Int. 1997 Mar;51(3):894-900

3. Finlayson B: Calcium stones: Some physical and clinical aspects. In: David DS, ed. Calcium Metabolism in Renal Failure and Nephrolithiasis. John Wiley and Sons; 1977:337-382

4. Burtis CA, Bruns DE: Tietz Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics. 7th ed. Saunders; 2014

5. Tiselius HG, Daudon M, Thomas K, Seitz C: Metabolic work-up of patients with urolithiasis: indications and diagnostic algorithm. Eur Urol Focus. 2017 Feb;3(1):62-71. doi: 10.1016/j.euf.2017.03.014

Method Name


UOSMR: Freezing Point Depression

SULFR: High-Performance Ion Chromatography (HPIC)

MAGR: Colorimetric Endpoint Assay

CACR2: Photometric

POUR: Molybdic Acid

UPHR: pH Meter

NAUR, KURR, CLUR: Potentiometric, Indirect Ion-Selective Electrode (ISE)

CTURR: Enzymatic Colorimetric Assay

URCUR: Uricase

Specimen Type


Ordering Guidance

A timed 24-hour urine collection is the preferred specimen for measuring and interpreting this profile to determine kidney stone risk factors (order SAT24 / Supersaturation Profile, 24 Hour, Urine. Random collections with individual analytes normalized to urinary creatinine may be of some clinical use in patients who cannot collect a 24-hour specimen, typically small children. Therefore, this test is offered on random collections for children less than 16 years old.


X-ray dyes and contrast media will affect uric acid test results.


-If a kidney X-ray with dye or computerized tomography (CT) scan with contrast has been performed, patient should wait a minimum of 1 day before starting collection.

-If a cholangiography (bile duct X-ray) has performed, patient should wait 7 days before starting collection.

-Urine must be collected before tablets have been taken for gallbladder X-ray, otherwise patient should wait 7 days before starting collection.

Additional Testing Requirements


Necessary Information

Patient's age is required.

Specimen Required


Urine Tubes, 10 mL (T068)

Aliquot Tubes, 5 mL (T465)

Container/Tube: 3 Plastic, 10-mL urine tubes and 4 plastic, 5-mL tubes

Specimen Volume: 40 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Collect a random urine specimen and divide the urine into 6 tubes.

2. Refrigerate specimen after collection. Specimen pH should be between 4.5 and 8 and will stay in this range if kept refrigerated. Specimens with pH over 8 indicate bacterial contamination and testing will be canceled. Do not attempt to adjust pH as it will adversely affect results.

Specimen Minimum Volume

30 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Urine Refrigerated 14 days

Reference Values

pH: 4.5 to 8.0



0-11 months: 50-750 mOsm/kg

≥12 months: 150-1,150 mOsm/kg



18-77 years: 3-65 mmol/L

No reference values established for patient younger than 18 years and older than 77 years of age



1 month-<12 months: 0.03-0.81 mg/mg creat

12 months-<24 months: 0.03-0.56 mg/mg creat

24 months-<3 years: 0.02-0.50 mg/mg creat

3 years-<5 years: 0.02-0.41 mg/mg creat

5 years-<7 years: 0.01-0.30 mg/mg creat

7 years-<10 years: 0.01-0.25 mg/mg creat

10 years-<18 years: 0.01-0.24 mg/mg creat

18 years-83 years: 0.05-0.27 mg/mg creat

Reference values have not been established for patients who are younger than1 month of age.

Reference values have not been established for patients who are older than 83 years of age.



Magnesium/Creatinine Ratio:

1 month-<12 months: 0.10-0.48 mg/mg creat

12 months-<24 months: 0.09-0.37 mg/mg creat

24 months-<3 years: 0.07-0.34 mg/mg creat

3 years-<5 years: 0.07-0.29 mg/mg creat

5 years-<7 years: 0.06-0.21 mg/mg creat

7 years-<10 years: 0.05-0.18 mg/mg creat

10 years-<14 years: 0.05-0.15 mg/mg creat

14 years-<18 years: 0.05-0.13 mg/mg creat

18 years-83 years: 0.04-0.12 mg/mg creat

Reference values have not been established for patients who are younger than 1 month of age.

Reference values have not been established for patients who are older than 83 years of age

Test Classification

This test was developed, and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information



82507-Citrate excretion










84560-Uric acid


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
SSATR Supersaturation, Peds, Random, U In Process


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
SULFR Sulfate, Random, U 2975-1
UOSMR Osmolality, Random, U 2695-5
UPHR pH, Random, U 2756-5
CITR1 Citrate Concentration, Peds, Random, U 2128-7
RCHLU Chloride, Random, U 2078-4
RCTUR Creatinine, Random, U 2161-8
RKUR Potassium, Random, U 2828-2
RNAUR Sodium, Random, U 2955-3
OXCON Oxalate, Pediatric, Random, U 15086-2
31241 Calcium Oxalate Crystal In Process
POCON Phosphorus, Pediatric, Random, U 2778-9
URCO2 Uric Acid, Random, U 3086-6
MGCON Magnesium, Random, U 19124-7
CALC4 Calcium, Random, U 17862-4
RAMCN Ammonium, Random, U 1842-4
CACTR Calcium/Creatinine Ratio 9321-1
MGCTR Magnesium/Creatinine Ratio 13474-2
RATO6 Uric Acid/Creat Ratio, Random, U 3089-0
RATO5 Phosphorus/Creatinine Ratio 11141-9
31242 Brushite Crystal In Process
OXCO2 Oxalate Concentration 2700-3
RATO8 Citrate/Creatinine Ratio 13722-4
RATO7 Oxalate/Creatinine Ratio 13483-3
31243 Hydroxyapatite Crystal In Process
31244 Uric Acid Crystal In Process
31245 Sodium Urate Crystal In Process
31246 Interpretation 69051-1


If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Renal Diagnostics Test Request (T830) with the specimen.

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