Andersen–Tawil syndrome or ATS is a rare genetic disorder that affects the heart. Some of the common symptoms include a disruption in the rhythm of the heart’s lower chambers. Additionally, there are physical abnormalities associated with Andersen–Tawil syndrome, which typically affect the head, face, and limbs, and include an unusually small lower jaw, low-set ears, and an abnormal curvature of the fingers called clinodactyly.
HOW IS ANDERSEN-TAWIL SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
A cardiologist diagnoses this by conducting: 1. an ECG 2. physical examination for weakness
HOW IS ANDERSEN-TAWIL SYNDROME TREATED?
Treatment for the Andersen-Tawil syndrome is directed towards each symptom. There are no standardized protocols in place for treatment of the disease. Those affected by the disease are advised to avoid triggers of periodic paralysis attacks. Treatment with oral supplements of potassium can help minimize the duration of the periodic paralytic attack. In very rare cases treatment using an implantable automatic cardioverter-defibrillator is used.
DID YOU KNOW?
The drugs may help the heart, but may have a negative effect on the skeletal system.