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Tuberous Sclerosis

Tuberous sclerosis is a rare genetic disease that causes noncancerous tumors to grow in the brain and other organs. Symptoms vary depending on the location of the tumors. Common symptoms include

  • Skin problems, such as light patches and thickened skin
  • Seizures
  • Behavior problems
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental retardation
  • Kidney problems

Some people have signs of tuberous sclerosis at birth. In others it can take time for the symptoms to develop. In some people the disease is mild, while in others it causes severe disabilities. In rare cases, tumors in vital organs or other symptoms can be life-threatening.

Tuberous sclerosis has no cure, but treatments can help symptoms. Options include medicines, educational and occupational therapy, dermabrasion, and surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

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