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Dominant Hypomagnesemia


Defect in renal tubular reabsorption of magnesium.

Clinical Manifestations

Patients may experience muscle weakness, recurrent cramps, clinical tetany (positive Chvostek’s and Trousseau’s signs) and paresthesias. Other times it may be asymptomatic. In addition, chondrocalcinosis can develop in adulthood. Myokymia and cerebellar atrophy resulting in ataxia have been also described in patients with KCNA1 mutations. Renal cysts, hyperuricemia and diabetes mellitus have been described in patients with HNF1b mutations. Primary hypomagnesemia is a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by renal or intestinal magnesium (Mg2+) wasting, resulting in tetany, cardiac arrhythmias, and seizures.


Reduced levels of magnesemia and of urinary calcium excretion. Hypocalcemia can be detected in patients with HNF1B mutations. Calciuria is not reduced in patients with KCNA1 mutations.


The inheritance pattern of this disease is autosomal dominant. Patients may have mutations in genes FXYD2, which encodes the basolateral gamma subunit of Na + / K + - ATPase (Hypomagnesemia 2, RENAL, HOMG2) HNF1B, encoding nuclear factor hepatocyte 1B (HNF1B) or KCNA1, which encoding the potassium channel Kv1.1 voltage regulated. These three proteins are involved in tubular reabsorption of magnesium in the distal convoluted tubule. For the genetic study it will be necessary samples of the index case and the parents.


Being a rare disease, the therapeutic experience is very limited and basically consists of oral administration of magnesium salts.


It is not certain due to the small number of families studied.


In patients with mutations in HNF-1b has been described chronic kidney disease.


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