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BACKGROUND Little information on the management and long-term follow-up of patients with biallelic mutations in the chloride channel gene CLCNKB is available. METHODS Long-term follow-up was evaluated from 5.0 to 24 years (median, 14 years) after diagnosis in 13 patients with homozygous (n = 10) or compound heterozygous (n = 3) mutations. RESULTS(More)
The SLC12A3 gene encodes the thiazide-sensitive Na-Cl co-transporter (NCCT) expressed in the apical membrane of the distal convoluted tubule of the kidney. Inactivating mutations of this gene are responsible for Gitelman syndrome (GS), a disorder inherited as an autosomal recessive trait. We searched for SLC12A3 gene mutations in 21 Italian patients with(More)
Darbepoietin alfa (NESP) is a new long-acting erythropoietin, with a half-life 3 times longer than the old epoietins. In the present study, we evaluated the efficacy of NESP in a group of children on hemodialysis. Seven children, five male and two female, with a mean age of 11.5±3 years and a mean weight of 34.1±11 kg, were enrolled in the study. All had(More)
Tapeto-retinal degeneration is frequent in patients with nephronophthisis. Association of the most severe forms of tapeto-retinal dystrophy with NPH identifies a syndrome described first by Senior et al and Loken et al. This syndrome is distinct on molecular grounds from pure renal nephronophthisis (NPH1), which has its gene locus mapped on chromosome 2q13.(More)
Genetic mutations in complement components are associated with the development of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), a rare disease with high morbidity rate triggered by infections or unidentified factors. The uncontrolled activation of the alternative pathway of complement results in systemic endothelial damage leading to progressive development of(More)
The use of apheretic procedures in pediatric patients has always been restricted by technical difficulties and the low incidence of diseases requiring this kind of treatment. The aim of the present study was to describe the solutions adopted to solve technical difficulties related to priming, vascular access and monitoring and then to evaluate clinical(More)
We report two male sibs, born to non-consanguineous healthy parents, who showed arthrogryposis, cholestatic jaundice and tubular renal insufficiency. The liver biopsy of the first case showed scanty hypoplastic biliary ducts. This association, first reported by Lutz and Richner in 1973, is a distinct syndrome, characterized by intra-extrahepatic biliary(More)
BACKGROUND Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency (OTC-D) is a urea cycle disorder caused by dysfunction of ornithine transcarbamylase, which frequently leads to hyperammonemia. Hyperammonemia represents a medical emergency requiring prompt treatment to reduce plasma ammonia levels and prevent severe neurological damage, coma, and death, particularly in(More)
BACKGROUND Plasma homocysteine, a new cardiovascular risk factor in both children and adults, is higher in chronic renal failure or kidney transplant patients. This alteration has been linked, in chronic renal failure, to plasma protein damage, represented by increased L-isoaspartyl residues. We measured plasma homocysteine levels and plasma protein damage(More)