Tuberous sclerosis is a rare genetic, neurological disorder primarily characterized by seizures, mental retardation, and skin and eye lesions. In some cases, neurobehavioral problems may also occur. Individuals with tuberous sclerosis may experience none or all of the symptoms with varying degrees of severity. Tuberous sclerosis is a multi-system disease that can affect the brain, kidneys, heart, eyes, lungs, and other organs. Small benign tumors may grow on the face and eyes, as well as in the brain, kidneys, and other organs. Neuroimaging studies may be able to confirm the diagnosis. Seizures most often begin in the first year of life.

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... Tuberous sclerosis is a rare disorder characterized by seizures, mental disability, and small noncancerous growths on the skin and other body tissues. The word tuberous refers to the tubers, or root-like growths, that typically grow slowly and harden with age. Sclerosis is the term used to describe this hardening.

The signs and symptoms of tuberous sclerosis vary according to the location of the small growths. For example, growths on the brain can cause seizures, behavior problems, and/or mental retardation. About 50 percent of affected individuals have some type of mental disability such as hyperactivity, autism, or aggression. Skin spots characterized by discoloration or skin thickening are also common. Forty to eighty percent of people with tuberous sclerosis have kidney problems, depending on the size of the growths. Heart tissue can also be affected, which can cause life-threatening problems in newborns but few problems later in life. Growths can also occur on the lungs, pancreas, the back surface of the eye (retina), and even on tooth enamel. ...

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... What is Tuberous Sclerosis? Tuberous sclerosis is a rare genetic, neurological disorder primarily characterized by seizures, mental retardation, and skin and eye lesions. In some cases, neurobehaviora...
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... Tuberous sclerosis is a rare genetic, neurological disorder primarily characterized by seizures, mental retardation, and skin and eye lesions. In some cases, neurobehavioral problems may also occur. I...
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  • Genes and Disease: Tuberous sclerosis
    ... Tuberous sclerosis is an hereditary disorder characterized by benign, tumor-like nodules of the brain and/or retinas, skin lesions, seizures and/or mental retardation. Patients may experience a few or...
  • Tuberous sclerosis
    ... Tuberous sclerosis is a rare disorder characterized by seizures, mental disability, and small noncancerous growths on the skin and other body tissues. The word tuberous refers to the tubers, or root-l...
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Fact Sheet
    ... Tuberous sclerosis-also called tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC)1 - is a rare, multi-system genetic disease that causes benign tumors to grow in the brain and on other vital organs such as the kidneys,...
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Information Page
    ... Tuberous sclerosis is a rare genetic, neurological disorder primarily characterized by seizures, mental retardation, and skin and eye lesions. In some cases, neurobehavioral problems may also occur. I...

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