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Congenital chloride diarrhea

Other Names for this Disease
  • Chloridorrhea, congenital
  • CLD
  • Congenital chloridorrhea
  • Darrow-Gamble disease
  • DIAR1
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Congenital chloride diarrhea is a condition characterized by large, watery stools containing an excess of chloride.[1] Individuals have intrauterine (pre-birth) and lifelong diarrhea; infants with the condition are often premature.[2][1] The excessive diarrhea causes electrolyte and water deficits, which in turn cause volume depletion, hyperreninemia (elevated levels of renin in the blood), hyperaldosteronism, renal potassium wasting, and sometimes nephropathy.[2] Mutations in the SLC26A3 gene have been found to cause the condition.[1] It is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner.[2] Treatment generally focuses on the individual symptoms of the condition and typically includes taking oral supplements of sodium and potassium chloride.[2]
Last updated: 2/21/2011


  1. SLC26A3. Genetics Home Reference. February 13, 2011; Accessed 2/21/2011.
  2. Berendt W. Aichbichler, Charles H. Zerr, Carol A. Santa Ana, Jack L. Porter, and John S. Fordtran. Proton-Pump Inhibition of Gastric Chloride Secretion in Congenital Chloridorrhea. The New England Journal of Medicine. January 9, 1997; 336:106-109. Accessed 2/21/2011.
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  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information on chronic diarrhea. The CDC is recognized as the lead federal agency for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.

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