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Characteristics and Follow-Up of 13 pedigrees with Gitelman syndrome

  • Zhong, F.1, 2, 3
  • Ying, H.1, 2, 3
  • Jia, W.1, 2, 3
  • Zhou, X.1, 2, 3
  • Zhang, H.1, 2, 3
  • Guan, Q.1, 2, 3
  • Xu, J.1, 2, 3
  • Fang, L.1, 2, 3
  • Zhao, J.1, 2, 3
  • Xu, C.1, 2, 3
  • 1 Shandong Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, 324, Jing 5 Road, Jinan, Shandong, 250021, China , Jinan (China)
  • 2 Shandong Academy of Clinical Medicine, Institute of Endocrinology, Jinan, Shandong, 250021, China , Jinan (China)
  • 3 Shandong Clinical Medical Center of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Jinan, Shandong, 250021, China , Jinan (China)
Published Article
Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
Publication Date
Nov 10, 2018
DOI: 10.1007/s40618-018-0966-1
Springer Nature


ContextGitelman syndrome (GS) is clinically heterogeneous. The genotype and phenotype correlation has not been well established. Though the long-term prognosis is considered to be favorable, hypokalemia is difficult to cure.ObjectiveTo analyze the clinical and genetic characteristics and treatment of all members of 13 GS pedigrees.MethodsThirteen pedigrees (86 members, 17 GS patients) were enrolled. Symptoms and management, laboratory findings, and genotype–phenotype associations among all the members were analyzed.ResultsThe average ages at onset and diagnosis were 27.6 ± 10.2 years and 37.9 ± 11.6 years, respectively. Males were an average of 10 years younger and exhibited more profound hypokalemia than females. Eighteen mutations were detected. Two novel mutations (p.W939X, p.G212S) were predicted to be pathogenic by bioinformatic analysis. GS patients exhibited the lowest blood pressure, serum K+, Mg2+, and 24-h urinary Ca2+ levels. Although blood pressure, serum K+ and Mg2+ levels were normal in heterozygous carriers, 24-h urinary Na+ excretion was significantly increased. During follow-up, only 41.2% of patients reached a normal serum K+ level. Over 80% of patients achieved a normal Mg2+ level. Patients were taking 2–3 medications at higher doses than usual prescription to stabilize their K+ levels. Six patients were taking spironolactone simultaneously, but no significant elevation in the serum K+ level was observed.ConclusionThe phenotypic variability of GS and therapeutic strategies deserve further research to improve GS diagnosis and prognosis. Even heterozygous carriers exhibited increased 24-h Na+ urine excretion, which may make them more susceptible to diuretic-induced hypokalemia.

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