Clinical and laboratory features of Macedonian children with OCRL mutations

Pediatr Nephrol. 2011 Apr;26(4):557-62. doi: 10.1007/s00467-010-1758-9. Epub 2011 Jan 20.


OCRL mutations, which are a hallmark of Lowe syndrome, have recently been found in patients with isolated renal phenotype (Dent-2 disease). In this report, we describe clinical and laboratory features in five Macedonian children with mutations in the OCRL gene. Children with a clinical diagnosis of Lowe syndrome or Dent disease underwent complete neurological and ophthalmological examination, imaging of the kidney and urinary tract, assessment of renal tubular function, and mutation analysis of the OCRL gene. Two children (18 months and 11 years, respectively) were diagnosed with Lowe syndrome on the basis of congenital cataracts, severe psychomotor retardation, and renal dysfunction. Both children had low molecular weight proteinuria (LMWP) and hypercalciuria, but not Fanconi syndrome. The older one had bilateral nephrolithiasis due to associated hypocitraturia and mild hyperoxaluria. Three children with asymptomatic proteinuria were diagnosed with Dent-2 disease; none had cataracts or neurological deficit. One child showed mild mental retardation. All had LMWP, hypercalciuria, and elevated enzymes (creatine phosphokinase, lactic dehydrogenase). All three children had an abnormal Tc-99m DMSA scan revealing poor visualization of the kidneys with a high radionuclide content in the bladder; none had nephrolithiasis or nephrocalcinosis. In conclusion, children with OCRL mutations may present with very mild phenotype (asymptomatic proteinuria with/without mild mental retardation) or severe classic oculocerebrorenal syndrome of Lowe. Elevated enzymes and abnormal results on the Tc-99m DMSA scan may be useful indicators for Dent-2 disease.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • DNA Mutational Analysis
  • Dent Disease / genetics*
  • Dent Disease / pathology
  • Dent Disease / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Oculocerebrorenal Syndrome / genetics*
  • Oculocerebrorenal Syndrome / pathology
  • Oculocerebrorenal Syndrome / physiopathology*
  • Phosphoric Monoester Hydrolases / genetics*
  • Republic of North Macedonia


  • Phosphoric Monoester Hydrolases
  • OCRL protein, human