This table lists symptoms that people with this disease may have. For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. People with the same disease may not have all the symptoms listed. This information comes from a database called the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) . The HPO collects information on symptoms that have been described in medical resources. The HPO is updated regularly. Use the HPO ID to access more in-depth information about a symptom.
|Medical Terms||Other Names||
|80%-99% of people have these symptoms|
|Abnormality of the cerebral vasculature||
Abnormality of the cerebral blood vessels
|Abnormality of the retinal vasculature||
Abnormality of retina blood vessels
|Aplasia/Hypoplasia of the cerebellum||
Absent/underdeveloped cerebellum[ more ]
|Neurological speech impairment||
Speech impediment[ more ]
Involuntary, rapid, rhythmic eye movements
Cancer starting in small tubes in kidneys
|Retinal capillary hemangioma||0009711|
|Sensorineural hearing impairment||0000407|
|30%-79% of people have these symptoms|
Impaired gait[ more ]
Paralysis or weakness of one side of body
Too much cerebrospinal fluid in the brain
Intermittent migraine headaches
Migraine headaches[ more ]
|Multicystic kidney dysplasia||0000003|
|Nausea and vomiting||0002017|
|Papillary cystadenoma of the epididymis||0009715|
|Polycystic kidney dysplasia||0000113|
Damage to nerves that sense feeling
|Telangiectasia of the skin||0100585|
|5%-29% of people have these symptoms|
|Abnormality of the
Abnormal heart rate
Heart rhythm disorders
Irregular heart beat
Irregular heartbeat[ more ]
Clouding of the lens of the eye
Cloudy lens[ more ]
Sweating, increased[ more ]
|Increased intracranial pressure||
Rise in pressure inside skull
|Multiple renal cysts||
Multiple kidney cysts
|Neoplasm of the middle ear||
Middle ear tumor
Loss of vision
Vision loss[ more ]
|Percent of people who have these symptoms is not available through HPO|
|Abnormality of the liver||
Liver abnormality[ more ]
|Neoplasm of the pancreas||
Cancer of the pancreas
Pancreatic tumor[ more ]
Increased red blood cells
|Pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis||0005954|
Ringing in ears
Ringing in the ears[ more ]
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If you can’t find a specialist in your local area, try contacting national or international specialists. They may be able to refer you to someone they know through conferences or research efforts. Some specialists may be willing to consult with you or your local doctors over the phone or by email if you can't travel to them for care.
You can find more tips in our guide, How to Find a Disease Specialist. We also encourage you to explore the rest of this page to find resources that can help you find specialists.
Related diseases are conditions that have similar signs and symptoms. A health care provider may consider these conditions in the table below when making a diagnosis. Please note that the table may not include all the possible conditions related to this disease.
Conditions with similar signs and symptoms from Orphanet
Differential diagnoses include multiple endocrine neoplasia, neurofibromatosis, polycystic kidney disease, tuberous sclerosis, Birt-Hogg-Dube syndrome, and hereditary pheochromocytoma-paraganglioma syndromes (see these terms) associated with succinate dehydrogenase subunit mutations (SDHB, SDHC and SDHD).
Visit the Orphanet disease page for more information.
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Can VHL miss a generation and return in the next? See answer
I have VHL and have cysts in both of my kidneys. I have been experiencing new symptoms, including hearing loss on the left side, constant ringing in the left ear, problems with balance, and trouble catching my breath. There are times that I get flushed and very hot, and then my blood pressure drops very low. I live in Maine and the doctors here don't know much about VHL. Are these symptoms serious? See answer