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Friedreich Ataxia and nephrotic syndrome: a series of two patients

This paper describes two patients with FRDA also presenting with nephrotic syndrome (NS). The first patient was diagnosed with FRDA at age 5 and NS at age 7 following the development of periorbital edema, abdominal swelling, problems with urination, and weight gain. The second patient was diagnosed with NS at age 2 after presenting with periorbital edema, lethargy, and abdominal swelling. He was diagnosed with FRDA at age 10. Nephrotic syndrome was confirmed by laboratory testing in both cases and both individuals were treated with corticosteroids.

The authors conclude that nephrotic syndrome may occur in individuals with FRDA, but was not associated with myoclonic epilepsy in our patients as previously described. It is unlikely that this association is coincidental given the rarity of both conditions and the association of NS with mitochondrial disease in model systems, though coincidental coexistence is possible.

This paper also includes a description of experience with corticosteroid treatment in additional individuals with FA who either had been misdiagnosed or had other conditions that necessitated such treatment.

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Jen Farmer

Jen Farmer

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