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Treatments for barth syndrome in children

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There is no cure or specific treatment for Barth syndrome. Treatment focuses on reducing symptoms and preventing complications, such as infections.

Physical therapy

  • to help babies who have reduced muscle tone as a result of Barth syndrome
  • to treat bacterial infections
Lifestyle changes
  • Your doctor may advise a low-salt diet, and that your child maintains a healthy weight.
Heart medications

Artificial pacemaker

Heart transplant
  • In some severe cases, if your child's Barth syndrome leads to cardiomyopathy, he or she may require a transplant in order to prevent heart failure.
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