Alstrom syndrome (patient information)

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Alstrom syndrome

Overview

What are the symptoms?

What are the causes?

Diagnosis

When to seek urgent medical care?

Treatment options

Where to find medical care for Alstrom syndrome?

What to expect (Outlook/Prognosis)?

Possible complications

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Raviteja Guddeti, M.B.B.S. [2]

Overview

Alström syndrome is a very rare disease passed down through families (inherited) that can lead to blindness, deafness, diabetes, and obesity.

What are the symptoms of Alstrom syndrome?

Occasionally, the following can also occur:

What causes Alstrom syndrome?

Alström syndrome is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. This means both your parents must pass on a copy of the defective gene (ALMS1) in order for you to have this disease. It is unknown how the defective gene causes the disorder. The condition is extremely rare. It is more common in Holland and Sweden than in the United States.

Diagnosis

An eye doctor (ophthalmologist) will examine the eyes. The patient may have reduced vision.

Tests may be done to check:

When to seek urgent medical care?

Call your health care provider if you or your child have symptoms of diabetes such as increased thirst and urination. Seek medical attention promptly if you think that your child cannot see or hear normally.

Treatment options

There is no specific treatment for this syndrome. Treatment for symptoms may include:

Where to find medical care for Alstrom syndrome?

Directions to Hospitals Treating Alstrom syndrome

What to expect (Outlook/Prognosis)?

The following are likely to develop:

Possible complications

Sources

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001665.htm


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