Welcome to BartterSite.org

We created The Bartter Site to provide patients and their families with comprehensive information about the rare kidney diseases Bartter’s Syndrome and Gitelman’s Syndrome. You will find more information here than anywhere else.

We hope everyone finds the information on this site helpful. Please keep in mind the information is for educational purposes. Only your physician can diagnose and treat your symptoms. We are just here to help you understand what your doctor has diagnosed you with.

We have detailed descriptions of each variant, Bartter’s, Antenatal Bartter’s, and Gitelman. We tell you what tests need to be done to determine if you really have one of these diseases. We have information about the possible treatments you may need. We have articles from medical journals. There is a LOT of information in this website. Please take the time to check it out. The more you know the better. As your knowledge increases you will be better prepared to interact with medical personnel you meet. Because these syndromes are rare, many people find themselves in the position of having their medical care directed by a Doctor who has no previous experience treating it. We hope the website enables you to be better prepared to cope with your disease.

What is Bartter’s Syndrome?

Bartter Syndrome, is not a single disorder but rather a set of closely related disorders. These Bartter-like syndromes share many of the same physiologic derangements, but differ with regard to the age of onset, the presenting symptoms, the magnitude of urinary potassium (K) and prostaglandin excretion, and the extent of urinary calcium excretion. At least three clinical phenotypes have been distinguished: (1)Classic Bartter Syndrome;(2) The Gitelman Variant; (3) The Antenatal Variant (also termed Hyperprostaglandin E Syndrome). This website has been divided to provide information for the Healthcare worker and information for the patient to make it easier to understand.

Our Support Group

The Yahoo support group for Bartter’s Syndrome and Gitelman’s Syndrome is really the best way to get help. You can ask questions and get responses from several people.
Read more about it here