Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC)

What is tuberous sclerosis complex?

Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a rare genetic condition that causes tumors to grow in many different organs of the body. Tumors grow most often in the brain, skin, heart, eyes, kidneys and lungs. Almost all of these tumors are benign (not cancerous), but they can cause a variety of health problems.

The symptoms of TSC usually appear before a child is 6 months old. The severity of the condition can vary widely — in some children the disease is very mild, while other children may have life-threatening complications.

Charlotte, who has tuberous sclerosis, being examined by her doctor

How we care for tuberous sclerosis complex

At Boston Children’s Hospital, the Multidisciplinary Tuberous Sclerosis Program is a team of pediatric specialists who are dedicated to providing coordinated care for children with TSC. The program is directed by a child neurologist, registered nurse coordinator and a genetic counselor that are experienced in working with patients and families affected by TSC.