Alström syndrome is a very rare disease. It is passed down through families (inherited). This disease can lead to blindness, deafness, diabetes, and obesity.
Alström syndrome is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. This means both of 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 very rare.
Common symptoms of this condition are:
Occasionally, the following can also occur:
There is no specific treatment for this syndrome. Treatment for symptoms may include:
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The following are likely to develop:
Kidney and liver failure may get worse.
Possible complications are:
Contact your health care provider if you or your child has symptoms of diabetes. Common symptoms of diabetes are increased thirst and urination. Seek medical attention right away if you think that your child cannot see or hear normally.
Published Date: July 28, 2022
Published By: Charles I. Schwartz MD, FAAP, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, General Pediatrician at PennCare for Kids, Phoenixville, PA. Also reviewed by David C. Dugdale, MD, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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