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Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia

Other Names for this Disease
  • Anhidrotic ectodermal dysplasia
  • Christ-Siemens-Touraine syndrome
  • CST syndrome
  • Ectodermal dysplasia anhidrotic
  • Ectodermal dysplasia, hypohidrotic
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Once someone has this condition, is there anything that can be done to correct the problems caused by the genetic mutation?

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How might hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia be treated?

There is no specific treatment for HED. The condition is managed by treating the various symptoms. For patients with abnormal or no sweat glands, it is recommended that they live in places with air conditioning at home, school and work. In order to maintain normal body temperature, they should frequently drink cool liquids and wear cool clothing. Dental defects can be managed with dentures and implants. Artificial tears are used to prevent cornea damage for patients that do not produce enough tears. Surgery to repair a cleft palate is also helpful in improving speech and facial deformities.[1][2]
Last updated: 9/27/2012