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renal tubular dysgenesis

Thursday 19 February 2004

Renal tubular dysgenesis is a rare condition defined by the histopathologic findings of a paucity or absence of proximal tubules in the kidney.

Clinical synopsis

- oligohydramnios with Potter sequence (oligohydramnios sequence)
- prematurity
- renal size and gross morphology generally normal

Microscopical synopsis

- absence of proximal tubular differentiation
- all tubules are EMA+
- paucity of proximal tubules
- crowding of glomeruli
- renal tubules are short, lack convolutions and connections to the collecting tree
- reduced number of papillary ductal pores


- familial renal tubular dysgenesis (autosomal recessive inheritance) (12908573): homozygous or compound heterozygous mutations in the genes encoding

    • renin (REN)
    • angiotensinogen (AGT)
    • angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE)
    • angiotensin II receptor type 1 (AGTR1)

- sporadic renal tubular dysgenesis

  • in utero exposure to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs fetopathy)
    • in utero exposure to piroxicam
  • unilateral renal tubular dysgenesis


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