Fanconi syndrome and cystinosis

Fanconi syndrome is a type of kidney disease. Fanconi syndrome is often the first sign of cystinosis. It may lead to:

  • The body losing important substances needed for good health
  • Needing to pee (urinate) a lot
  • Extreme thirst or dehydration
  • A softening or weakening of the bones, commonly called rickets

Common cystinosis signs and symptoms in infants

Eventually, cystinosis may cause damage that leads to kidney failure (also called renal failure), dialysis, and kidney transplant. Taking cystine-depleting therapy (CDT) regularly has been shown to delay harm to the kidneys.

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