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Other Names for this Disease
- Alstrom syndrome
- Alstrom's syndrome
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Alström syndrome is a rare condition that affects many body systems. The disorder is generally characterized by vision and hearing abnormalities, childhood obesity, diabetes mellitus, heart disease and slowly progressive kidney dysfunction which can lead to kidney failure. Many of the signs and symptoms of this condition begin in infancy or early childhood, although some appear later in life. Alström syndrome is caused by mutations in the ALMS1 gene. It is inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern. While there is no specific therapy for this condition, early diagnosis and intervention can moderate the progression and improve the longevity and quality of life for patients with the disease.
- Alström syndrome. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/alstrom-syndrome. Accessed December 8, 2010.
- Alstrom Syndrome. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdbdetail_abstract.html?disname=Alstrom+Syndrome. Accessed December 8, 2010.
- J.D. Marshall, S. Beck, P. Maffei, J.K. Naggert. Alström syndrome. Orphanet. http://www.orpha.net/consor/cgi-bin/OC_Exp.php?Lng=EN&Expert=64. Accessed December 8, 2010.
- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Alström syndrome. Click on the link to go to GHR and review the information.
- MedlinePlus, a Web site designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions, provides more information about this topic. Click on the link to view this information.
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge. Click on the link to read information on this topic.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Alström syndrome. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
- The The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database contains genetics resources that discuss Alström syndrome. Click on the link to go to OMIM and review these resources.
- The Social Security Administration has included this condition in their Compassionate Allowances Initiative. This initiative speeds up the processing of disability claims for applicants with certain medical conditions that cause severe disability. More information about Compassionate Allowances and applying for Social Security disability is available online.