Genetic Diseases of the Kidney
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2015
Issue: Suppl 3: M7
First Page: 136
Last Page: 147
Publisher ID: TOUNJ-8-136
Article History:Received Date: 1/3/2015
Revision Received Date: 15/3/2015
Acceptance Date: 15/3/2015
Electronic publication date: 26/11/2015
Collection year: 2015
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The number of genes associated with renal disease is increasing every day and this has led to a clearer understanding of the pathophysiology of renal disease in many disorders. It is also appreciated now that a genetic mutation(s) underlie many renal syndromes. Genetic testing may also offer the possibility to diagnose some renal diseases without the need for a renal biopsy. It also allows the prenatal diagnosis of certain renal diseases in at risk fetuses or identification of potential renal disease before it has become manifest. Finally, identification of a specific gene mutation holds the possibility of correction though gene therapy in the future. It is increasingly clear that many renal disorders in pediatrics are a consequence of genetic mutations. In the future, genetic testing will become as easy and as common as ordering a serum creatinine today.