Prevalence of Distal Renal-Tubular Acidosis in Five Khon Kaen Villages
Primary distal renal tubular acidosis (dRTA) is a relatively rare disorder. Most of the earlier reports of this disorder were hereditary or drug-induced forms or occurred in association with auto-immune and hypergammaglobulinemic disorders (1, 2). However, our group has recently reported 113 cases of dRTA seen during a three-year-period at two provincial hospitals in the northeast region of Thailand (3). No obvious etiology, including immunological disorders, could be identified. The magnitude of the disorder in one geographical area prompted us to search for the true prevalence, etiology, and risk factors of dRTA. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of this disorder and its relation to renal stone disease in the northeast of Thailand.
KeywordsRenal Stone Northeast Region Renal Tubular Acidosis Provincial Hospital Distal Renal Tubular Acidosis
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