How I Cope with Fanconi Syndrome. . .
The site was created to bring attention to an illness that people assume is rare. When in fact, it is not as rare as one might think.
Since the creation of this site, we have located several individuals that has this affliction. Varying from the United States of America, to England, to Austrailia.
Markita has been overjoyed that she is not the only one. But at the same time is saddened by the fact that so little is known about this disease.
Appearently there are a few different variations of this disease. Hopefully this site will help uncover the mystery that is this disease, Fanconi Syndrome.
So please help us get the word out, let's not allow this disease to go unnoticed any longer.
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Fanconi's Syndrome is a set of kidney malfunctions brought about by a variety of seemingly unrelated disorders. Kidney malfunction leads to excessive
urine production and excessive thirst, resulting in deficits of water, calcium, potassium, and other substances in the body. It often leads to bone disease and stunted growth.
Normally, kidneys cleanse the blood and keep its salt, water, and acidity in balance, leaving what the body needs in the blood and putting what the body doesn't need into the urine, which leaves the body.
This task is performed in two steps :.
- First, the blood is filtered through a kidney structure with small holes that keep the cells and large molecules in the blood.
- Second, some of the small molecules in the filtrate, needed by the body, are
reabosorbed and returned to the bloodstream.
This absorption step is defective in Fanconi's Syndrome. As a consequence, substances that are normally reabsorbed, like glucose, amino acids, small protiens, water, calcium, potassium,
magnesium, bicarbonate, and phosphate, are lost and the body becomes overly acidic.
Fanconi's Syndrome is also known as Fanconi Syndrome, renel Fanconi Syndrome, Fanconi renaltubular Syndrome, and Lignac-de Toni-Debre-Fanconi Syndrome. Fanconi Anemia is, however, a totally different disease.