Treating Alström Syndrome

There isn’t a cure for Alström Syndrome, but there are treatments for some of the features: sensitivity to bright light can be helped by wearing dark glasses, which may also slow down retinal degeneration as well. Hearing aids can be helpful in managing hearing loss. A number of drugs can be used to treat cardiomyopathy, including digoxin, frusemide and ACE inhibitors.

Following a healthy, balanced, low-energy diet and taking regular physical activity are important to keep weight under control and will usually be the first treatment for Type 2 diabetes.

Medications such as metformin, sulphonylureas and insulin can be used to treat Type 2 diabetes if weight management and physical activity are unsuccessful.

The treatment for renal (kidney) failure depends on how well the kidneys are working, but dialysis and kidney transplants are available should they fail completely.

Physical activity, stretching exercises, and massage can help with bone and joint problems.

There is no specific treatment for individuals with Alström syndrome. Treatment is directed toward the specific symptoms that are apparent in each individual. Treatment will require the coordinated efforts of a team of specialists. Pediatricians, cardiologists, specialists who assess and treat hearing problems (audiologists), specialists who assess and treat vision problems (ophthalmologists), specialists who deal with the system of glands that secrete hormones into the bloodstream (endocrinologists), specialists who assess and treat skeletal problems (orthopedists), and other healthcare professionals may need to systematically and comprehensively plan an affect child’s treatment.


Signs and Symptoms-Alström Syndrome

Causes of Alström Syndrome

Diagnosis of Alström Syndrome




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