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Fanconi syndrome in children

Bushra Afroze, Margaret Chen
Fanconi-Bickel syndrome is a rare inherited disorder characterized by hepatorenal glycogen accumulation, renal tubular dysfunction, growth failure, and impaired utilization of glucose and galactose. We report the first two children with Fanconi-Bickel syndrome from Pakistan who presented with classical features of Fanconi-Bickel Syndrome. Both patients were found to be homozygous for a single nucleotide deletion in the SLC2A2 gene defined as c.339delC. This mutation was previously described in an Arab patient who was initially presented as permanent neonatal diabetes mellitus before developing classical features of Fanconi-Bickel syndrome...
September 2016: Journal of Pediatric Genetics
Amélie Fradet-Turcotte, Justine Sitz, Damien Grapton, Alexandre Orthwein
Maintaining genomic integrity is essential to preserve normal cellular physiology and to prevent the emergence of several human pathologies including cancer. The breast cancer susceptibility gene 2 (BRCA2, also known as the Fanconi anemia (FA) complementation group D1 (FANCD1)) is a potent tumor suppressor that has been extensively studied in DNA double-stranded break (DSB) repair by homologous recombination (HR). However, BRCA2 participates in numerous other processes central to maintaining genome stability, including DNA replication, telomere homeostasis and cell cycle progression...
October 2016: Endocrine-related Cancer
Imad Mohammad Dweikat, Issa Shaher Alawneh, Sami Fares Bahar, Mutaz Idrees Sultan
BACKGROUND: Fanconi-Bickel syndrome (FBS, OMIM 227810) is a rare autosomal recessive disease caused by a deficiency of glucose transporter 2 (GLUT2), a member of the facilitative glucose transporter family (Santer et al. J Inherit Metab Dis 21:191-194, 1998). The typical clinical picture is characterized by hepatorenal glycogen accumulation resulting in hepato- and nephromegaly, impaired utilization of glucose and galactose, proximal renal tubular dysfunction, rickets and severe short stature...
2016: BMC Research Notes
Archie Ramaswami, Danya J Rosen, Jaime Chu, Birte Wistinghausen, Ronen Arnon
Deferesirox (DFX), an oral chelating agent, is used to treat chronic iron overload in several hematological diseases such as β-thalassemia, sickle cell disease, and myelodysplastic anemia. DFX is generally well tolerated with the exception of gastrointestinal disturbances and rash, although cases of renal toxicity, as well as acute and chronic liver failure, have been reported in adults and children. Here we describe a 3-year-old girl with β-thalassemia undergoing treatment with DFX who presented with acute liver failure and Fanconi's syndrome...
July 29, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
J Sipurzynski, B Fahrner, R Kerbl, R Crazzolara, N Jones, G Ebetsberger, B Jauk, V Strenger, B Wohlmuther, W Schwinger, H Lackner, C Urban, W Holter, M Minkov, L Kager, M Benesch, M G Seidel
Chronic immune thrombocytopenia (cITP) is often associated with an underlying predisposition towards autoimmunity, recognition of which is relevant to guide treatment. International recommendations on diagnostic steps and therapeutic measures of cITP in childhood exist. However, due to the low prevalence (1-2/100,000) and a variation of availability of immunological and hematological tests and treatments across pediatric units, we postulated that these guidelines are not uniformly adhered to and that immune dysregulation syndromes remained undiscovered...
April 2016: Seminars in Hematology
Johanna Theruvath, Alexandra Russo, Bettina Kron, Claudia Paret, Arthur Wingerter, Khalifa El Malki, Marie A Neu, Francesca Alt, Gundula Staatz, Raimund Stein, Larissa Seidmann, Dirk Prawitt, Jörg Faber
Although neuro- and nephroblastoma are common solid tumors in children, the simultaneous occurrence is very rare and is often associated with syndromes. Here, we present a unique case of synchronous occurrence of neuro- and nephroblastoma in an infant with no signs of congenital anomalies or a syndrome. We performed genetic testing for possible candidate genes as underlying mutation using the next-generation sequencing (NGS) approach to target 94 genes and 284 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) involved in cancer...
May 2016: Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Mohamed A Elmonem, Koenraad R Veys, Neveen A Soliman, Maria van Dyck, Lambertus P van den Heuvel, Elena Levtchenko
Cystinosis is the most common hereditary cause of renal Fanconi syndrome in children. It is an autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder caused by mutations in the CTNS gene encoding for the carrier protein cystinosin, transporting cystine out of the lysosomal compartment. Defective cystinosin function leads to intra-lysosomal cystine accumulation in all body cells and organs. The kidneys are initially affected during the first year of life through proximal tubular damage followed by progressive glomerular damage and end stage renal failure during mid-childhood if not treated...
2016: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
Koyelle Papneja, Mihir D Bhatt, Melanie Kirby-Allen, Steven Arora, John T Wiernikowski, Uma H Athale
Deferasirox is an oral iron chelator used to treat patients with transfusion-related iron overload. We report, from two institutions, two children with Diamond-Blackfan anemia who developed Fanconi syndrome secondary to deferasirox administration, along with a review of the literature. The current recommendation for the laboratory monitoring of patients receiving deferasirox does not include serum electrolytes or urine analysis. Thus, despite routine clinic visits and bloodwork, these two patients presented with life-threatening electrolyte abnormalities requiring hospitalization...
August 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Yan Gao, Fang Jiang, Zhi-Ying Ou
BACKGROUND: Lowe syndrome, an X-linked, inheritable disease with clinical symptoms of congenital cataracts, incomplete Fanconi syndrome, and mental retardation, has an approximate incidence of 1 in 500 000. Nearly 200 OCRL mutations related to Lowe syndrome have been found worldwide, with only ten mutations among the Chinese population. Since more mutations may exist in Chinese patients, we sequenced and analyzed the OCRL genes of six children with Lowe syndrome in a medical center in China...
April 8, 2016: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
Payal P Khincha, Sharon A Savage
The inherited bone marrow failure syndromes (IBMFS) are a rare yet clinically important cause of neonatal hematological and non-hematological manifestations. Many of these syndromes, such as Fanconi anemia, dyskeratosis congenita and Diamond-Blackfan anemia, confer risks of multiple medical complications later in life, including an increased risk of cancer. Some IBMFS may present with cytopenias in the neonatal period whereas others may present only with congenital physical abnormalities and progress to pancytopenia later in life...
February 2016: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Emily Joyce, Jacqueline Ho, Areeg El-Gharbawy, Cláudia M Salgado, Sarangarajan Ranganathan, Miguel Reyes-Múgica
Cystinosis is a rare autosomal recessive disorder and the most common cause of inherited renal Fanconi syndrome in young children. Renal biopsy is usually not necessary to establish the diagnosis, but when the patient presents with atypical signs and symptoms, a renal biopsy may be extremely valuable. We describe here renal biopsy findings in a patient with cystinosis. A 20-month-old male presented with failure to thrive, polyuria, polydipsia and rickets. He initially showed evidence of a renal tubular acidosis, mild renal insufficiency and nephrogenic diabetes insipidus...
November 18, 2015: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
Sonia M Restrepo-Gualteros, Lina E Jaramillo-Barberi, Carlos E Rodríguez-Martínez, Germán Camacho-Moreno, Gustavo Niño
The fungus Aspergillus spp. causes infections in immunocompromised hosts and produces a variety of clinical syndromes including lung tracheobronchial, chronic necrotizing pulmonary and allergic bronchopulmonary manifestations, as well as aspergilloma, depending on the type of host-fungus relationship involved. Aspergilloma is usually colonized by Aspergillus spp. lesions in the bronchial tree, while invasive forms are characterized by the presence of hyphae below its basement membrane. The objective of the present study was to describe the case of a pediatric patient with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in the form of pseudomembranous tracheobronchitis, including the clinical course, diagnostic approach and paraclinical care provided...
April 2015: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
Zuzanna Andrzejewska, Nathalie Nevo, Lucie Thomas, Cerina Chhuon, Anne Bailleux, Véronique Chauvet, Pierre J Courtoy, Marie Chol, Ida Chiara Guerrera, Corinne Antignac
Cystinosis is a rare autosomal recessive storage disorder characterized by defective lysosomal efflux of cystine due to mutations in the CTNS gene encoding the lysosomal cystine transporter, cystinosin. Lysosomal cystine accumulation leads to crystal formation and functional impairment of multiple organs. Moreover, cystinosis is the most common inherited cause of renal Fanconi syndrome in children. Oral cysteamine therapy delays disease progression by reducing intracellular cystine levels. However, because cysteamine does not correct all complications of cystinosis, including Fanconi syndrome, we hypothesized that cystinosin could have novel roles in addition to transporting cystine out of the lysosome...
June 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Miriam Erlacher, Brigitte Strahm
Peripheral blood cytopenia in children can be due to a variety of acquired or inherited diseases. Genetic disorders affecting a single hematopoietic lineage are frequently characterized by typical bone marrow findings, such as lack of progenitors or maturation arrest in congenital neutropenia or a lack of megakaryocytes in congenital amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia, whereas antibody-mediated diseases such as autoimmune neutropenia are associated with a rather unremarkable bone marrow morphology. By contrast, pancytopenia is frequently associated with a hypocellular bone marrow, and the differential diagnosis includes acquired aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, inherited bone marrow failure syndromes such as Fanconi anemia and dyskeratosis congenita, and a variety of immunological disorders including hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis...
2015: Frontiers in Pediatrics
Ilgar Mamedov, Irina Zolkina, Ekaterina Nikolaeva, Pavel Glagovsky, Vladimir Sukhorukov
BACKGROUND: Carnitine is necessary for the transfer of long-chain fatty acids from the cytosol into mitochondria for subsequent β-oxidation. A carnitine deficiency results in impaired energy production from fatty acids. METHODS: We reviewed the plasma level of total carnitine, free carnitine, and acylcarnitines in 1270 children with psychomotor retardation, low growth, and weight parameters. Tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) was applied. Low free carnitine level in plasma was used as a marker of carnitine deficiency...
November 1, 2015: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
H T El-Bassyouni, H H Afifi, M M Eid, R M Kamal, H H El-Gebali, Gsm El-Saeed, M M Thomas, S A Abdel-Maksoud
BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress plays a major role in the pathogenesis of leukemia-prone diseases such as Fanconi anemia (FA) and Down syndrome (DS). AIM: To explore the oxidative stress state in children with DS and FA by estimating the levels of antioxidants (e.g., malondialdehyde [MDA], total antioxidant capacity, and superoxide dismutase [SOD] activity) and DNA damage, and to evaluate of the effect of antioxidant treatment on these patients. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The study included 32 children clinically diagnosed with (15 patients) and FA (17 patients) in addition to 17 controls matched for age and sex...
May 2015: Annals of Medical and Health Sciences Research
A Bertholet-Thomas, B Llanas, A Servais, N Bendelac, C Goizet, G Choukroun, R Novo, S Decramer
Observation of stunted growth in children usually leads the general practitioner to refer the patient to endocrinologists or gastroenterologists. In most cases, after a complementary check-up, the diagnosis is made and treatment is initiated. However, certain cases remain undiagnosed, particularly renal etiologies, such as proximal tubulopathy. The urine strip test at the initial check-up would be an easy and inexpensive test to avoid delayed diagnosis. The aim of the present paper is to increase general physicians' and pediatricians' awareness of the significance of questioning the parents and using the urine strip test for any child presenting stunted growth...
July 2015: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
Gwo-Tsann Chuang, I-Jung Tsai, Yong-Kwei Tsau, Meng-Yao Lu
AIM: Deferasirox is a new oral iron chelating agent with several cases reporting renal adverse events in recent years. Our aim was to identify the incidence of deferasirox-related Fanconi syndrome (FS) and its risk factors. METHODS: All transfusion-dependent thalassaemic patients who received deferasirox at the outpatient department of the National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) from January 2006 to February 2014 were evaluated. RESULTS: This cohort study included 57 patients, and mean age of deferasirox initiation was 18...
December 2015: Nephrology
Neelam Giri, Blanche P Alter, Keri Penrose, Roni T Falk, Yuanji Pan, Sharon A Savage, Marcus Williams, Troy J Kemp, Ligia A Pinto
Immune function abnormalities have been reported in patients with Fanconi anemia (FA), dyskeratosis congenita (DC) and, rarely, in Shwachman-Diamond syndrome (SDS), and Diamond-Blackfan anemia (DBA), but large systematic studies are lacking. We assessed immunological parameters in 118 patients with these syndromes and 202 unaffected relatives. We compared the results in patients with reference values, and with values in relatives after adjusting for age, sex, corticosteroid treatment, and severe bone marrow failure (BMF)...
August 2015: American Journal of Hematology
Wei Wang, Min Wei, Hong-Mei Song, Zheng-Qing Qiu, Le-Jia Zhang, Zhuo Li, Xiao-Yan Tang
Fanconi-Bickel syndrome (FBS, OMIM 227810), a rare autosomal recessive disorder of carbohydrate metabolism, is caused by SLC2A2 (GLUT2) mutations. The study reported 3 cases of FBS who were confirmly diagnosed by SLC2A2 gene analysis. The three patients showed typical features like glycogen storage disease and proximal renal tubular nephropathy. Homozygous splice-site mutation IVS8+5G>C (c.1068+5 G>C) was found in patient A and homozygous nonsense mutation c.1194T>A (p.Tyr398X) in patient B. Patient C harboured a missense mutation c...
April 2015: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
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