The 6-year follow-up of a patient affected by Wolfram's syndrome, a rare disease characterized by diabetes insipidus (DI), diabetes mellitus (DM), optic atrophy (OA), neurosensory deafness (D), atony of the urinary tract and other abnormalities (DIDMOAD or Wolfram's syndrome), is described. Our patient has diabetes insipidus, diabetes mellitus, abnormal audiograms, without subjective evidence of hearing loss, and dilatation of the urinary tract. Diagnosis was suspected at the age of 8 years. Diabetes mellitus was the first manifestation and treatment with insulin was necessary. Desmopressin therapy decreased dramatically the daily urinary output. In view of the significant morbidity and mortality from renal failure associated with recurrent urinary infections, we have drawn special attention to the urological manifestations of the syndrome. During the follow-up, the patients underwent some investigations, such as renal ultrasound and echotomography and cystourethroscopy. Outstanding results of these studies are severe bilateral hydronephrosis with dilatated ureters and loss of renal tissue. The particular finding is the presence of posterior urethral valves with obstructed bladder. The anatomical outlet obstruction are variable and may be disastrous. There may be failure to thrive, sepsis, anemia be disanal failure. In such instances corrective surgery could improve bladder and ureteral functions.
|Translated title of the contribution||Wolfram syndrome. Peculiar urologic aspects|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 1995|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health