Alagille Syndrome is a genetic disorder which can affect the functioning of important organs like liver, heart, kidney and other systems of the body. This disorder becomes noticeable in early infancy and childhood. The severity may vary from person to person and in some cases transplantations may be required. This syndrome is related with cardiac disease, eye and skeletal findings and a typical facial appearance.
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?
The treatment for this condition includes vitamin supplements that can supply vitamin C and E to the body. Also, anti angiogenesis medication can help in preventing the fluid leakage. Laser therapy or a laser procedure can also be carried out by the Ophthalmologist.
DID YOU KNOW?
The estimated prevalence of Alagille syndrome is 1 in every 100,000 live births.