ESPE Abstracts (2018) 89 P-P2-045

An Unusual Case of Hypophosphatemia in a Child Affected by Di George Syndrome

Mila Ann Kalapurackal, Federica Barzaghi, Marco Pitea, Gilda Cassano & Giovanna Weber


San Raffaele Hospital, Milano, Italy


A female child born from non consanguineous parents of Pakistani origin presented with congenital heart anomaly at prenatal ultrasound and confirmed at birth, with type B aortic arch interruption, right-sided aortic arch, wide ventricular and atrium septum defects, which required repeated surgical corrections during the first 9 months of life. The ultrasound also reported absence of the thymus. Suspecting Di Deorge Syndrome, a fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) was performed, which reported a microdeletion of chromosome 22 therefore confirming the diagnosis. Routine screening for features associated with Di George syndrome were performed at 18 months of age. The patient’s weight, length and head circumference were inferior to the 3rd percentile. She presented with widened wrists and ankles and slight bowing of the legs. She managed to walk independently at 16 months of age. Her diet was reported to be slightly deficient in milk products, and otherwise varied. She had previously suffered a post-traumatic fracture of the left arm. The patient never experienced a severe infection requiring hospitalization. The exams showed normal T-cell count and normal hearing tests. Routine calcium and phosphate metabolism documented hypophosphatemia in multiple occasions, associated with normal total and ionized calcium, normal PTH, increased alkaline phosphatase, slightly low 25OHVitamin D, however not low enough to cause hypophosphatemia. Urinary phosphate reabsorption was reduced. Wrist and knee radiographs showed signs of rickets. Di George Syndrome is usually characterized by hypoparathyroidism and consequent hyperphosphatemia and hypocalcaemia, therefore the patient’s biochemical and radiological findings were very unusual. A genetic analysis on PHEX gene was performed, which documented a heterozygous deletion on exon 12, responsible for X-linked hypophosphatemia. The genetic analysis was extended to the parents, who resulted non affected. Treatment with alfacalcidol and phosphate was initiated, and the patient showed progressive normalization of bone metabolites and improvement of the radiographic signs of rickets. Severe impairment of linear growth persisted, likely due to the coexistence of the two pathologies and the resulting therapeutic challenges. No cases of hypophosphatemia in Di George Syndrome and coexistence of XLH and Di George Syndrome have previously been reported in literature.

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