Alagille syndrome or ALGS is a genetic disorder that affects the liver, heart, kidney, and other organs of the body. Problems associated with this disorder generally become evident in infancy or early childhood. Some of the physical symptoms include large head, large ears, depressed nasal bridge, deep set eyes and a pointed chin.
HOW IS ALAGILLE SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
A routine eye examination at the Ophthalmology department can help in detecting this ailment. The doctor may also ask you to go through an Angiography of OCT to find out whether or not you are going through age related degeneration in this region of the eye.
HOW IS ALAGILLE SYNDROME TREATED?
Most treatments available are aimed at improving the functioning of the heart and reducing the effects of impaired liver, kidney, and spleen function. Medications, surgery and angioplasty are the most common treatments for alagille syndrome.
DID YOU KNOW?
The estimated prevalence of Alagille syndrome is 1 in every 100,000 live births.