Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is a genetic disorder that can cause tumors to form in the body's vital organs, such as the brain, eyes, heart, lungs and more. People affected by the disease can experience developmental delays, cognitive disabilities, and even autism, but TSC does not always affect everyone severely. Symptoms can be so mild in some people, that it can go undiagnosed. And while TSC is a genetic disorder, it is also believed that two-thirds of those diagnosed develop TSC by spontaneous genetic mutation. The cause of the mutation is still a mystery.

There is no cure for TSC, but treatments are available. Early intervention is helpful in combating developmental delays, and surgery can be performed to prolong organ function. Technology is being used to help create new therapies and to help control seizures. Many people living with TSC lead healthy, productive lives.

For more information on Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and what's being done to find a cure, visit:

Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

MedLine Plus

National Organization for Rare Disorders

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