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Fanconi Bickel syndrome

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Autosomal dominant A pathogenic variant in only one gene copy in each cell is sufficient to cause an autosomal dominant disease.


Autosomal recessive Pathogenic variants in both copies of each gene of the chromosome are needed to cause an autosomal recessive disease and observe the mutant phenotype.


dominant X-linked dominant inheritance, sometimes referred to as X-linked dominance, is a mode of genetic inheritance by which a dominant gene is carried on the X chromosome.


recessive Pathogenic variants in both copies of a gene on the X chromosome cause an X-linked recessive disorder.


Mitochondrial or multigenic Mitochondrial genetic disorders can be caused by changes (mutations) in either the mitochondrial DNA or nuclear DNA that lead to dysfunction of the mitochondria and inadequate production of energy.


Multigenic or multifactor Inheritance involving many factors, of which at least one is genetic but none is of overwhelming importance, as in the causation of a disease by multiple genetic and environmental factors.


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Other names (AKA)

Hepatorenal glycogenosis with renal Fanconi syndrome; Hepatorenal glycogenosis with renal fanconi syndrome; Hepatic glycogenosis with amino aciduria and glucosuria;


Congenital and Genetic Diseases; Digestive Diseases; Kidney and Urinary Diseases;


Fanconi Bickel syndrome (FBS) is a rare condition characterized by the accumulation of a substance called glycogen in different parts of the body. Glycogen is created when the body needs to store glucose (sugar). When the body needs sugar again, glycogen is transformed back into glucose for use.[1] People with Fanconi Bickel syndrome do not store the appropriate amount of glycogen. Therefore, Fanconi Bickel syndrome is known as a glycogen storage disease. Specifically, glycogen accumulates in the liver and kidneys. Signs and symptoms begin in the first few months of life and include growing slower than expected (failure to thrive), excessive urination (polyuria), and weakened bones (rickets). Later in life, children may have short stature and a swollen liver and spleen (hepatosplenomegaly).[2] 

Fanconi Bickel syndrome is caused by mutations to the SLC2A2 gene and is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. Diagnosis of FBS is based on a clinical examination that shows signs of FBS. The condition can be confirmed by genetic testing. Treatment is focused on relieving symptoms of the condition, particularly the symptoms that affect the kidneys.[3]


Fanconi Bickel syndrome is characterized by the accumulation of glycogen in the liver and kidneys. This causes symptoms such as having weakened bones (rickets), being very small for one’s age (failure to thrive), and a specific type of kidney malfunction called renal tubular dysfunction. The accumulation of glycogen can also cause swelling of the liver and spleen (hepatosplenomegaly).[4] Between meals, affected individuals may have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). People with Fanconi Bickel syndrome typically enter puberty later than expected. As adults, the weakened bones may result in osteopenia or osteoporosis.[1] Adults with Fanconi Bickel syndrome may be shorter than other people, and they may have bowed legs.[5]

This table lists symptoms that people with this disease may have. For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. People with the same disease may not have all the symptoms listed. This information comes from a database called the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) . The HPO collects information on symptoms that have been described in medical resources. The HPO is updated regularly. Use the HPO ID to access more in-depth information about a symptom.

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Abdominal distention
Abdominal bloating
Abdominal swelling
Belly bloating

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Autosomal recessive inheritance
Chronic acidosis
Elevated alkaline phosphatase
Greatly elevated alkaline phosphatase
High serum alkaline phosphatase
Increased alkaline phosphatase
Increased serum alkaline phosphatase

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Failure to thrive
Faltering weight
Weight faltering

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Generalized aminoaciduria
Global developmental delay
Glucose in urine
High urine phosphate levels
Low blood potassium levels
Low blood phosphate level
Low blood uric acid levels
Impairment of galactose metabolism
Intestinal malabsorption
Softening of the bones
Poor appetite
Decreased appetite
Reduced subcutaneous adipose tissue
Reduced fat tissue below the skin
Renal tubular dysfunction
Abnormal function of filtrating structures in kidney


Fanconi Bickel syndrome is caused by a mutation in the SLC2A2 gene. This gene tells the body how to make a protein called glucose-transporter protein 2 (GLUT2). This protein is responsible for transporting glucose through different cells in the body. When GLUT2 is not working properly because of a mutation in SLC2A2, the body cannot transport glucose. Therefore, glucose builds up in the liver and kidneys. This glucose is stored as glycogen, and the buildup of glycogen in these body parts cause the symptoms of Fanconi Bickel syndrome.[6]


Fanconi Bickel syndrome is diagnosed by a clinical examination that is consistent with symptoms of the condition. This clinical evaluation may reveal findings such as rickets (weakened bones) and high levels of glucose, protein, and phosphate in the urine. People with Fanconi Bickel syndrome may also have low levels of phosphate and high levels of cholesterol in the blood. People with Fanconi Bickel syndrome tend to have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) between meals. If a diagnosis of Fanconi Bickel syndrome is suspected, it can be confirmed with genetic testing of the SLC2A2 gene.[2]


Management of Fanconi Bickel syndrome (FBS) generally focuses on treating the signs and symptoms of the condition. For treatment of the symptoms of kidney disease, a doctor may focus on replacing the water and electrolytes that are lost from the kidneys. Additionally, vitamin D and phosphate supplements can help prevent bone weakening (rickets).[6] 

It is recommended that people with Fanconi Bickel syndrome follow a galactose-restricted diet. Galactose is a substance that is broken down into glucose. Because people with Fanconi Bickel syndrome have trouble moving glucose throughout the body, limiting galactose prevents the buildup of glucose and glycogen in the liver and kidneys. Galactose is found in food such as milk, cheese, yogurt, and legumes. People with Fanconi Bickel syndrome should primarily eat fructose as their main carbohydrate. In addition, people with Fanconi Bickel syndrome should eat small, frequent meals in order to avoid developing low blood sugar between meals. Finally, cornstarch may be used as a substitute to provide necessary sugars to the body.[6]


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      These resources provide more information about this condition or associated symptoms. The in-depth resources contain medical and scientific language that may be hard to understand. You may want to review these resources with a medical professional.

      In-Depth Information

      • The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
      • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
      • Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
      • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Fanconi Bickel syndrome. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.


        1. Berg JM, Tymoczko JL, and Stryer L. Chapter 21: Glycogen Metabolism. Biochemistry. New York: WH Freeman; 2002; 5th edition:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK21190/.
        2. Dominique-Charles Valla. Glycogen storage disease due to GLUT2 deficiency. Orphanet. October 2008; https://www.orpha.net/consor/cgi-bin/OC_Exp.php?lng=EN&Expert=2088. Accessed 12/12/2012.
        3. Kehar M, Bijarnia S, Ellard S, Houghton J, Saxena R, Verma IC, and Wadhwa N. Fanconi Bickel syndrome – mutation in SLC2A2 gene. Indian Journal of Pediatrics. November 2014; 81(11):1237-1239. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24912437.
        4. Grünert SC, Schwab KO, Pohl M, Sass JO, Santer R. Fanconi-Bickel syndrome: GLUT2 mutations associated with a mild phenotype. Mol Genet Metab. March 2012; 105(3):433-437.
        5. Mohandas Nair K, Sakamoto O, Jagadeesh S, Nampoothiri S. Fanconi-Bickel syndrome. Indian Journal of Pediatrics. January 2012; 79(1):112-114. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21327337.
        6. Fanconi-Bickel syndrome; FBS. Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man; October 6, 2014; https://www.omim.org/entry/227810.

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