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Alpers syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Alpers diffuse degeneration of cerebral gray matter with hepatic cirrhosis
  • Alpers disease
  • Alpers progressive infantile poliodystrophy
  • Alpers-Huttenlocher syndrome
  • Diffuse cerebral degeneration in infancy
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How might Alpers syndrome be treated?

Treatment for Alpers syndrome is limited to managment of symptoms and supportive care. There is currently no cure. [1] [2]
A multi-disciplinary medical team of a gastroenterologist, neurologist, occupational, physical and/or speech therapist can assist with management of symptoms to maintain function as long as possible, insure comfort and promote the best possible quality-of-life. [1]
Last updated: 5/26/2011

  1. Cohen B, Chinnery P, Copeland W. POLG-Related Disorders. GeneReviews. March 16, 2010; Accessed 1/20/2011.
  2. Naviaux R K. Alpers syndrome. Orphanet. July 2006; Accessed 1/20/2011.
  3. NORD. Alpers Disease. NORD: National Organization for Rare Disease. 2007; Accessed 1/20/2011.

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