Doctors for Alport Syndrome in St Stephens Hospital, Delhi
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It is a genetic disorder characterized by end stage kidney disease and hearing loss. Alport syndrome can also affect the eyes, though the changes do not affect sight, except when changes to the lens occur in life. Blood in urine is universal. It is caused by an inherited defect in type IV collagen that is needed for the normal functioning of ears, eyes and kidneys. The symptoms include: 1. Eye changes 2. Blood in urine 3. Hearing loss 4. Leiomyomatosis - of the esophagus and tracheobronchial tree
HOW IS ALPORT SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
Nephrologists diagnose Alport syndrome through careful evaluation of signs, symptoms and family history. Hearing and vision are also tested. Blood tests, urine tests and biopsy of the kidney are diagnosis methods for Alport Syndrome.
HOW IS ALPORT SYNDROME TREATED?
No definite treatment exists for Alport syndrome. However, research indicates that angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors can reduce proteinuria and the progression of renal disease. Additionally, a kidney transplant or dialysis can be useful for patients who have suffered a kidney failure due to the disease.
DID YOU KNOW?
Alport Syndrome affects around 1 in 50,000 children.