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Susac syndrome


Other Names for this Disease

  • Retinocochleocerebral vasculopathy
  • SICRET (small infarction of cochlear, retinal, and encephalic tissue) syndrome
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Is Susac syndrome inherited?

To our knowledge, there is no evidence that Susac syndrome is inherited, and no familial cases of Susac syndrome have been reported. Cases described in the medical literature have occurred in people with no known history of the condition in their family.
Last updated: 7/21/2014

What causes Susac syndrome?

The exact cause of Susac syndrome is not currently known. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder that leads to inflammation and occlusion of the very tiny blood vessels that supply blood to the brain, retina, and inner ear.[1] The symptoms of Susac syndrome result from damage to these blood vessels and their decreased function.[2]
Last updated: 7/21/2014

References
Other Names for this Disease
  • Retinocochleocerebral vasculopathy
  • SICRET (small infarction of cochlear, retinal, and encephalic tissue) syndrome
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.