An autosomal recessive inherited disease characterized by anemia, polyuria, polydipsia, isosthenuria and death in uremia. Symmetrical destruction of the kidneys involving both tubules and glomeruli occurs. The underlying pathology is a chronic tubulo-interstitial nephropathy with characteristic tubular basement membrane thickening and medullary cyst formation. Associations with extrarenal symptoms, especially ocular lesions, are frequent. The age at death ranges from about 4 to 15 years.
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