Doctors for Andersen-Tawil Syndrome in Unaki, Hubli-Dharwad
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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?
When assessing a person for ATS, the doctor will look at all close relatives; parents, brothers and sisters, children, perhaps even cousins, because the signs of the disorder can be spread out among family members. One might have paralytic attacks; another might have heart problems and the physical signs, like widely spaced eyes or webbing between toes, and have no weakness. The physical signs might be very subtle and easily overlooked by anyone other than an experienced clinician. Additionally, ATS can be diagnosed by monitoring a patient’s cardiac movements by using CT scan, MRI scan or ultrasound.
HOW IS ANDERSEN-TAWIL SYNDROME TREATED?
There is no treatment available for affected individuals due to the rarity of the syndrome. There are no treatment methods that have been tested on large group of patients. Treatment with an implantable automatic cardioverter-defibrillator or ICD has been used in rare cases. Medications are prescribed to reduce the workload on the heart.
DID YOU KNOW?
Andersen-tawil syndrome is named after Ellen Andersen and Rabi Tawil.