Alagille syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that decreases the flow of bile from liver and thus affects multiple organs like heart, liver, eyes, kidneys and skeletal system of newborn babies. Few common symptoms are yellowing of skin with jaundice, poor growth and limited weight gain, itching and rashes, loose tools. Other symptoms may be heart defects. Back bone defects, issues in facial features.
HOW IS ALAGILLE SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of ALGS should not be missed when the patient has the above mentioned symptoms. However, the diagnosis for ALGS is extremely difficult. Genetic testing, counseling and patient’s medical history can be useful.
HOW IS ALAGILLE SYNDROME TREATED?
Treatment of AS includes strong medications like Urso clubbed with several therapies, liver transplants, etc.
DID YOU KNOW?
Alagille Syndrome affects one in every 1,00,000 live births.