Alport syndrome is a genetic disease which results in kidney disease, progressive loss of kidney function, hearing loss and abnormalities in the eyes. In severe cases it could lead to ESRD, end stage renal disease. It is affected from the stage of young adult or late childhood.
HOW IS ALPORT SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis is usually made based on combination of clinical testing, family history and biopsy. Additionally, eye tests and genetic testing have proved to be useful.
HOW IS ALPORT SYNDROME TREATED?
This rare disorder can be treated by a nephrologist with the help of dietary alterations which should include less salt, potassium and other fluids. Also, the patient can be given medicines that can control hypertension.
DID YOU KNOW?
Patients with kidney disorders are usually treated with ACE inhibitors which slow down deterioration of kidneys. Also dialysis is used to treat patients with Alport . Kidney transplant is also considered as the last option.