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Diseases

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Alström syndrome


Other Names for this Disease
  • ALMS
  • ALSS
  • Alstrom's syndrome
  • Alstrom syndrome
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Treatment

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How might Alström syndrome be treated?

There is no specific treatment for Alström syndrome. Treatment is focused on managing the symptoms present in each individual. This may involve a team of specialists including but not limited to: pediatricians, cardiologists, audiologists (hearing specialists), ophthalmologists, endocrinologists, and orthopaedists.[1]

Treatment may include:[1][2]
  • Specially-tinted, prescription glasses and vision aids to assist with vision loss
  • Hearing aids and cochlear implants for hearing loss
  • Dietary measures, exercise programs, and oral medications and/or insulin to control diabetes
  • ACE inhibitors and other medications to manage heart and kidney problems with some individuals requiring a kidney or heart transplant
  • Hormone therapy if the male testes or female ovaries produce lower than average levels
Alstrom Syndrome International offers a listing of recommended monitoring guidelines on their website. Click on the link for more information. 
Last updated: 6/22/2016

References
  1. Jan D. Marshall. Alstrom Syndrome. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). 2016; http://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/alstrom-syndrome/.
  2. Marshall J, Paisey RB, Carey C, Macdermott S. Alström syndrome. GeneReviews. May 31, 2012; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1267/.


Management Guidelines

  • GeneReviews provides current, expert-authored, peer-reviewed, full-text articles describing the application of genetic testing to the diagnosis, management, and genetic counseling of patients with specific inherited conditions.

Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Alström syndrome. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
Other Names for this Disease
  • ALMS
  • ALSS
  • Alstrom's syndrome
  • Alstrom 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.