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HK J Paediatr (New Series)
Vol 18. No. 3, 2013

HK J Paediatr (New Series) 2013;18:174-177

Case Report

Gitelman's Syndrome: Asymptomatic Hypokalaemia in a Chinese Boy

ACC Fu, KP Lee, LCT Tong


Gitelman's syndrome is a rare heritable primary renal tubular disorder, characterised by hypokalaemic metabolic alkalosis, hypomagnesaemia and hypocalciuria. Most of them run a benign course. If present, symptoms include fatigue and muscle weakness. Rarely serious symptoms like cardiac arrest have been reported. Treatment is by magnesium supplement, potassium supplement or potassium-sparing diuretics. This report reviews incidental finding of Gitelman syndrome in an asymptomatic teenager and emphasizes clinical, laboratory and molecular features of the disease.

Keyword : Gitelman's syndrome; Hypokalaemia; Hypocalciuria; Hypomagnesaemia

Abstract in Chinese


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