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Bartter's Syndrome Overview

What is Bartter's syndrome?
A person with Bartter's syndrome has symptoms that are caused by increased production of the hormone, aldosterone. Aldosterone regulates sodium, potassium and water balance in the kidneys. Bartter's syndrome is a hereditary illness.

What are the symptoms of Bartter's syndrome?
Symptoms of Bartter's syndrome include constipation, growth retardation, urinary frequency, muscle cramps, and muscle weakness.

How does the doctor treat Bartter's syndrome?
Treatment for Bartter's syndrome includes potassium supplements, magnesium supplements, diuretics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Feb 17, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Bartter's Syndrome References
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