What is the role of type I pseudohypoaldosteronism (PHAI) in the development of hyperkalemia (high serum potassium level)?

Updated: Apr 09, 2020
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Type I pseudohypoaldosteronism (PHAI) can be caused by an inactivating mutation of 1 of 3 encoding subunits of the epithelial sodium channel (SCNN1A, SCNN1G, or SCNN1B). PHAI is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. These mutations result in impaired potassium secretion due to impaired sodium reabsorption in the distal tubule. [40]

PHAI tends to be most severe in the neonatal period, causing renal salt wasting and respiratory tract infections. Sweat, stool, and saliva have high sodium concentrations. Sometimes this disorder can be mistaken for cystic fibrosis.

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