Home HealthTopics Health Centers Reference Library Research
Join us on Facebook Join us on Facebook Share on Facebook

Urinary Disorders

Bartter`s Syndrome

08/26/2008

Question:

Are kidney transplants ever done to cure Bartter`s Syndrome, if nothing else can be done? (extreme cases)

Answer:

Since the late 1990's, there have been sporadic case reports of successful kidney transplantation in patients with Bartter's syndrome.  The group at Stanford most recently reported transplantation to treat a patient with severe electrolyte abnormalities, even before the development of end-stage renal disease (Pediatr Transplant 2006; 10:266-270).  Use of this strategy must carefully weigh the benefits of eliminating the native kidneys as the source of the electrolyte abnormalities against the risks of life-long immunosuppression needed to sustain the transplanted kidney (renal allograft).

For more information:

Go to the Urinary Disorders health topic, where you can:

Response by:

Donald E Hricik, MD Donald E Hricik, MD
Professor of Medicine
Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University