Atypical presentation of cystic fibrosis--obese adolescent with hypertension and pseudo-Bartter's syndrome.

Department for Pulmonology and Bronchology, Mother and Child Health Institute of Serbia "Dr Vukan Cupić", Belgrade, Serbia.
Vojnosanitetski pregled. Military-medical and pharmaceutical review (Impact Factor: 0.29). 04/2012; 69(4):367-9.
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Infants with cystic fibrosis may fail to thrive despite recommended caloric intake because of electrolyte disurbances caused by salt depletion resulting in hypochloremic metabolic alkalosis or pseudo-Bartter's syndrome. In most patients reported symptoms began in infancy, but it may be an initial presentation of disease in a previously healthy adolescent.
A 15-year-old boy was admitted for evaluation of recurrent episodes of malaise associated with dehydration and acute renal insufficiency. Laboratory analysis showed hypochloremic metabolic alkalosis with hyponatremia and hypokalemia. On admission the boy was obese, with body weight of 95.5 kg (> P97), height 174 cm (> P75), and body mass index of 31.2 kg/m2 (> P95). Physical examination was inconclusive. Blood pressure holter monitoring proved significant systolic hypertension. Routine urinalysis, protein and electrolyte levels in urine were normal. Plasma renin and aldosteron were normal. Sweat chloride concentration was 63 mmol/L. Genetic testing confirmed the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis.
To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of atypical presentation of cystic fibrosis in an adolescent presented with pseudo-Bartter's syndrome and signs of obesity and hypertension. We suggest that every patient with hypochloremic metabolic alkalosis should be evaluated for cystic fibrosis.

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    ABSTRACT: Cystic fibrosis per se can sometimes lead to hyponatremia, hypokalemia, hypochloremia or hyperbicarbonatemia. This tendency was first documented 60 years ago and has subsequently been confirmed in single case reports or small case series, most of which were retrospective. However, this issue has not been addressed analytically. We have therefore systematically reviewed and analyzed the available literature on this subject. This was a systematic review of the literature. The reports included in this review cover 172 subacute and 90 chronic cases of electrolyte imbalances in patients with cystic fibrosis. The male:female ratio was 1.57. Electrolyte abnormalities were mostly associated with clinically inapparent fluid volume depletion, mainly affected patients aged ≤2.5 years, frequently tended to recur and often were found before the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis was established. Subacute presentation often included an history of heat exposure, vomiting, excessive sweating and pulmonary infection. History of chronic presentation, in contrast, was often inconspicuous. The tendency to hypochloremia, hypokalemia and metabolic alkalosis was similar between subacute and chronic patients, with hyponatremia being more pronounced (P < 0.02) in subacute compared to chronic presentations. Subacute cases were treated parenterally; chronic ones were usually managed with oral salt supplementation. Retention of urea and creatinine was documented in 38 % of subacute cases. The findings of our review suggest that physicians should be aware that electrolyte abnormalities can occur both as a presenting and a recurring feature of cystic fibrosis.
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