Posted Thursday, March 9, 2017
Bartter syndrome is a group of rare conditions that affect the kidneys. There are five gene defects known to be associated with Bartter syndrome. The condition is caused by a defect in the kidneys' ability to reabsorb sodium. Those affected by Bartter syndrome lose too much sodium through the urine. This causes a rise in the level of the hormone aldosterone and makes the kidneys remove too much potassium from the body. Also, the condition results in abnormal acid balance in the blood, which causes too much calcium in the urine.