Atypical distal renal tubular acidosis confirmed by mutation analysis

Pediatr Nephrol. 2000 Dec;15(3-4):201-4. doi: 10.1007/s004670000454.


In autosomal dominant distal renal tubular acidosis type I (dRTA) impaired hydrogen ion secretion is associated with metabolic acidosis, hyperchloremic hypokalemia, hypercalciuria, nephrocalcinosis, and/or nephrolithiasis. A retardation of growth is commonly observed. In this report we present a family with autosomal dominant dRTA with an atypical and discordant clinical picture. The father presented with severe nephrocalcinosis, nephrolithiasis, and isosthenuria but metabolic acidosis was absent. His 6-year-old daughter, however, suffered from metabolic acidosis, hypokalemia, and hypercalciuria. In addition, sonography revealed multiple bilateral renal cysts but no nephrocalcinosis. Mutation analysis of the AE1 gene coding for the renal Cl-/HCO3(-)-exchanger AE1 displayed a heterozygous Arg589Cys exchange in both patients but not in the healthy family members. This point mutation is frequently associated with autosomal dominant dRTA. Diagnosis of autosomal dominant dRTA is supported in this family by results of AE1 mutation analysis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acidosis, Renal Tubular / diagnosis
  • Acidosis, Renal Tubular / diagnostic imaging
  • Acidosis, Renal Tubular / genetics*
  • Adult
  • Antiporters / genetics*
  • Child
  • Chloride-Bicarbonate Antiporters
  • DNA Mutational Analysis
  • Electrophoresis, Agar Gel
  • Exons
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Ultrasonography


  • Antiporters
  • Chloride-Bicarbonate Antiporters