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 can be made by the following tests: 1. Biopsy of the kidneys or skin 2. Family history of end stage renal disorders 3. Blood tests 4. Genetic testing 5. CT and MRI
HOW IS ALPORT SYNDROME TREATED?
At present there is no cure for Alport Syndrome. Nephrologists adopt the same treatment methods followed for high blood pressure and other symptoms of kidney disease. Kidney transplant is the best way to treat the disease, especially at the onset of end stage kidney disease.
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.