Expanding the phenotype of proteinuria in Dent disease. A case series

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  • © 2014, IPNA. Background: Dent disease is an X-linked recessive renal tubular disorder characterized by low molecular weight proteinuria, hypercalciuria, nephrocalcinosis, nephrolithiasis, and progressive renal failure (MIM 300009). A recent case series identified four patients with CLCN5 mutations who presented with nephrotic-range proteinuria, histologic evidence of focal segmental and/or global sclerosis, and low molecular weight proteinuria.Case-Diagnosis/Treatment: We characterize the clinical, genetic, and histopathological features of seven unrelated adolescent males with nephrotic-range proteinuria and CLCN5 mutations. Six patients underwent renal biopsy prior to assessing tubular proteinuria. All biopsied patients had either segmental sclerosis (3/6) or segmental increase in mesangial matrix (3/6). Five patients revealed some degree of foot process effacement, but only one patient biopsy revealed >50 % foot process effacement. The attenuated foot process effacement suggests the glomerulosclerosis is not due to a primary podocytopathy.Conclusions: These data suggest that clinicians should consider a diagnostic evaluation for Dent disease in young males presenting with high-grade proteinuria.
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  • Cramer MT; Charlton JR; Fogo AB; Fathallah-Shaykh SA; Askenazi DJ; Guay-Woodford LM
  • Start Page

  • 2051
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  • 2054
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  • 29
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  • 10