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Tuberous Sclerosis

Tuberous sclerosis is a rare genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow in various organs of the body such as the brain, skin, heart, eyes, kidneys and lungs. Almost all of these tumors are benign (not cancerous), but they can cause health problems. The condition varies wildly. For some children the disease will be mild while for others it may have life-threatening complications.

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Overview of Tuberous Sclerosis

Symptoms

Tuberous sclerosis is a result of either a mutation associated with TSC1 or TSC2 gene or inheritance of an altered TSC1 or TSC2 gene from a parent who has the disorder.

Symptoms are different for each person and can range from mild to severe, depending on the size and/or location of the tumor in the body. Symptoms may include:

  • Skin abnormalities
  • Seizures
  • Cognitive disabilities
  • Behavioral problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Heart issues
  • Lung problems
  • Eye abnormalities

Diagnosis

To diagnose your child’s condition and determine the severity of the disease, the following exams may be requested:
  • MRI
  • Echocardiogram
  • Ultrasound of the kidneys
  • Chest X-ray
  • Genetic testing to look for a TSC-related gene change

Treatment

There is no cure for TSC, yet. However, there are many effective options for treating most symptoms. These include:
  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Behavioral therapies
  • Laser surgery and topical creams
  • Occupational therapy
  • Surgical procedures

Resources

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Support Groups

For a complete evaluation of your child’s tuberous sclerosis health, look no further than Child Neurology Consultants of Austin. We are the only pediatric neurology group in Central Texas, with locations in Far West and Cedar Park. Our team of board-certified, fellowship-trained child neurologists and nurse practitioners are standing by ready to help.

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