Fanconi syndrome is a disorder of the kidney tubes (the proximal renal tube) in which certain substances normally absorbed into the bloodstream by the kidneys are released into the urine instead.
The proximal tube that is affected is the first part of the tubule to process the fluid after it is filtered through the glomerulus. Different types of Fanconi syndrome influence various functions of the proximal tubule, and could result in a host of complications. Sometimes the condition is referred to as De Toni-Fanconi syndrome
The usual symptoms are:
- Passing large amounts of urine, which can lead to dehydration
- Bone pain
Laboratory tests may show that too much of the following substances may be lost in the urine:
- Amino acids
- Uric acid
Loss of these substances can lead to a variety of problems. Further tests and a physical exam may show signs of:
- Dehydration due to excess urination
- Growth failure
- Type 2 renal tubular acidosis
Fanconi syndrome can be caused by faulty genes, or it may result later in life due to kidney damage. Sometimes the cause of Fanconi syndrome is unknown.
Common causes of Fanconi syndrome in children are genetic defects that affect the body’s ability to break down certain compounds such as:
- Cystine (cystinosis)
- Fructose (fructose intolerance)
- Galactose (galactosemia)
- Glycogen (glycogen storage disease)
Cystinosis is the most common cause of Fanconi syndrome in children. (Cystinosis is a rare, inherited disease that damages organs such as the eyes and muscles. Many milder cases may go undiagnosed.)
Other causes in children include:
- Exposure to heavy metals such as lead, mercury, or cadmium
- Lowe’s disease, a rare genetic disorder of the eyes, brain, and kidneys
- Wilson’s disease
In adults, Fanconi syndrome can be caused by various things that damage the kidneys, including:
- Certain medications, including azathioprine, cidofovir, gentamicin, and tetracycline
- Kidney transplant
- Light chain deposition disease
- Multiple myeloma
- Primary amyloidosis
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Genetic disorders that affect how certain substances are broken down by the body are a common cause of Fanconi syndrome. These conditions include fructose intolerance, galactosemia and glycogen storage diseases. Most of these disorders are treated by the imposition of strict dietary restrictions. In the case of galactosemia, for example, all milk products–both human and animal–must be avoided at all costs. If the offensive substances can be effectively avoided, the Fanconi syndrome should completely subside. If your child has one of these disorders, it’s important to make sure she is getting all of the necessary nutrients, despite the dietary restrictions. Talk to your doctor or a nutritionist about what types of supplements are needed.
Keep hydrated. This is extremely important for Fanconi patients as they have a high tendency to become dehydrated. Drink plenty of water and get some electrolytes in your body.
Foods that are rich in the amino acids phenylalanine, tryptophan, tyrosine, and tyramine (which may be lost because of frequent urination) should be included in the diet. These include avocados, bananas, citrus fruits, figs, and yogurt as well as dried fruits and mushrooms.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time. Vitamin D is essential for those suffering from Fanconi syndrome
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
- Phosphate levels need to be brought to the normal range. Phosphate should be administered in small amounts and then gradually increased over a period of few weeks to limit adverse gastric symptoms.
- Sodium Bicarbonate – Metabolic acidosis is rectified by giving alkali, habitually 3 – 10 mg/kg/d of sodium bicarbonate in separated doses.
- Carnitine – Carnitine supplements have been given in some cases to augment muscle strength; however, the results are fairly mixed.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
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As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitionershere
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
The Ayurvedic treatment of Fanconi syndrome is aimed at normalizing kidney function, treating symptoms and preventing long term complications like stunted growth in children.
According to Dr. A. A. Mundewadi, Chief Ayurvedic Physician at Mundewadi Ayurvedic Clinic based at Thane, Maharashtra, India, medicines like Punarnavadi-Guggulu, Gokshuradi-Guggulu, Punarnavadi-Qadha, Gomutra-Haritaki and Chandraprabha-Vati are used to help normalize kidney function. Medicines like Maha-Manjishthadi-Qadha, Saarivadi-Churna, Guduchyadi-Qadha, Arogya-Vardhini and Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu are used to improve the blood flow to the kidneys and help repair the existing damage.
Herbal medicines which can be used in Fanconi syndrome include Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Ikshumool (Saceharum officinarum), Apamarga (Achyranthus aspera) and Sahinjan (Moringa pterygosperma).
Medicines which act on the ‘Rakta’ and ‘Meda’ dhatus (tissues) of the body are useful in treating disorders of the kidneys and are hence used in the treatment of Fanconi syndrome. These medicines include Patol (Tricosanthe dioica), Patha (Cissampelos pareira), Musta (Cyperus rotundus), Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Chirayta (Swertia chirata), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Rakta-Chandan (Pterocarpus santalinus) and Vishwa (Zinziber officinalis).
This condition may be associated with Wilson disease, glycogen storage diseases and another disease called tyrosinemia. Each of these conditions needs to be treated separately. It is important to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in patients affected with Fanconi syndrome. All such patients should be under the regular care and supervision of an Urologist. Dietary advice for affected children and genetic counseling for the parents is recommended.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
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Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Acupuncture can be extremely beneficial. The following TCM remedies are also known for treating the condition: Mu Tong (akebia stem), Che Qian Zi (plantain); Bian Xu (knot grass); Qu Mei (dianthus); Hua Shi (talc); Dai Huang (rhubarb); Zhi Zi (gardenia) and Gan Cao (licorice.)
Take a bath to which one or more of the following essential oils have been added: bergamot, chamomile, eucalyptus, juniper, lavender, and sandalwood. Receiving a massage with these oils can also be effective for reducing pain in the lower back and/or around the pubic region or where there is bone pain.
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Useful homeopathic remedies include Apis, Arsenicum, Belladonna, Berberis, Calcarea, Cantharis, Causticum, Conium, Lycopodium, Mercurius, Nux vomica, Pulsatilla, and Sepia. For best results, consult with a trained homeopath who can help you select the remedies most appropriate for your specific needs.
Useful herbs for treating include fresh parsley (eaten raw or taken as a tea), buchu, corn silk, couch grass, goldenseal, marshmallow leaf, and uva ursi (also known as bearberry). These can be taken as teas or infusions.
Alternatively, combine the tinctures of gravel root, cornsilk, white willow bark and cava cava in equal parts and take one teaspoon of this mixture three times a day. Or drink one cup of an infusion of nettle three times a day.
Reflexology: Reflexology has proven beneficial. See our Find A Doctor section to find a reflexologist in your area.
Juice Therapy: The following juices can be beneficial: lemon juice; carrot, beet, and cucumber juice with a dash of garlic and/or horseradish; and/or cranberry and watermelon juice. Pomegranate juice has been found to be beneficial too.
Yoga: The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Living with Fanconi syndrome: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqiERR9WlOI
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead email@example.com – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt firstname.lastname@example.org – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA email@example.com – meditation, stress
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Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.