ESPE Abstracts (2015) 84 P-3-734

A Boy with Wolfram Syndrome

Ho-chung Yau


Department of Paediatrics, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong, Hong Kong


Background: Wolfram syndrome, also known as Diabetes Insipidus, Diabetes Mellitus, Optic Atrophy, Deafness (DIDMOAD), is a rare neurodegenerative disease of autosomal recessive inheritance with incomplete penetrance. In addition, it may present with different endocrine and metabolic abnormalities such as pituitary dysfunction. We reported clinical features, biochemical features and mutational analysis of a boy with Wolfram syndrome.

Case presentation: A 7-year-old boy presented to ophthalmologist for bilateral blurred vision and found to have bilateral cataract. On further enquiry, the family noted 3-month history of polyuria, polydipsia and nocturia. There was no consanguinity and only paternal grandfather had type 2 diabetes at old age. Fasting glucose was 18 mmol/l. He had ketosis but no acidosis. HbA1c was 18.2% at presentation. Anti-islet cell antibody was negative. He received basal-bolus insulin at 0.8 unit/kg/day. He had undergone bilateral phacoemulsification of cataract and implant of intraocular lens soon after diagnosis. His vision remained clear after operation. His glycemic control was also satisfactory with HbA1c ranged 6.5% – 7.7%. He started to have onset of puberty at 9 years 8 months. However, he presented to ophthalmologist again at 11 years for drop in vision. Examination revealed bilateral pallor optic disc rims with increased cup-to-disc ratio. Visual field demonstrated moderate field constriction. In view of diabetes mellitus and bilateral optic neuropathy, Wolfram syndrome was suspected. Mutational analysis detected a compound heterozygous c.1999C>T (Q667X) and c.2170C>T (P724S) mutations in WFS1 gene. Mutational analysis of parents confirmed their carrier status. He is now 17 years 6 months and achieves his final height comparable to mid-parental height. He did not develop diabetes insipidus or hearing impairment.

Conclusion: Although no clear genotype-phenotype correlation has been drawn for Wolfram syndrome, it is speculated that inactivation of both WFS1 alleles may be associated with an early onset of diabetes mellitus.

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