Other Names for this Disease
- Alstrom syndrome
- Alstrom's syndrome
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Alström syndrome is characterized by a progressive loss of vision and hearing, a form of heart disease that enlarges and weakens the heart muscle (dilated cardiomyopathy), obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and short stature. This disorder can also cause serious or life-threatening medical problems involving the liver, kidneys, bladder, and lungs. Some individuals with Alström syndrome have a skin condition called acanthosis nigricans, which causes the skin in body folds and creases to become thick, dark, and velvety. The signs and symptoms of Alström syndrome vary greatly in severity, and not all affected individuals have all of the characteristic features of the disorder.
A detailed description of the symptoms associated with Alström syndrome can be found through GeneReviews.
- Alström syndrome. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). 2008; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/alstrom-syndrome. Accessed 12/8/2010.