Alström syndrome

Definition of Alström syndrome

Alström syndrome is a very rare inherited disease that can lead to blindness, , , and .

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Alström syndrome is an autosomal recessive inherited disorder. This means that a person must inherit a copy of the defective gene from both parents to be affected. It is extremely rare, but is more common in Holland and Sweden than in the United States.

Signs and tests

An eye doctor (ophthalmologist) will examine the eyes. The patient may have reduced vision.


There is no specific treatment for this syndrome. Treatment for symptoms may include:

Expectations (prognosis)

The following are likely to develop:


Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 7/27/2010

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