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Our bodies are stocked with sophisticated controls that keep our cells working in harmony with one other, so that no cells grow to overstep their bounds. When one of these central systems isn’t working as it usually does, problems can occur in many different parts of the body.
That’s what happens in tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC; also called tuberous sclerosis or TS): A single change in your child’s DNA can allow cells to grow in an abnormal way, which can produce a variety of symptoms. These may include:
Some children with TSC face serious problems, while for others, the disease is very mild. It’s important to know that even though the list of possible complications is long, every child with TSC doesn’t experience all of them.
Here’s some basic information about tuberous sclerosis complex:
In the last several years, researchers have made major discoveries about the causes of TSC, and these scientific findings are leading to promising new treatments.
How Boston Children’s Hospital approaches tuberous sclerosis complex
At Boston Children’s, we formed the Multi-Disciplinary Tuberous Sclerosis Program with the belief that children with TSC benefit from care that is coordinated and specially tailored to their needs.
In addition to providing expert care today, we’re searching for ways to improve the lives of children with TSC tomorrow by conducting research to better understand the disease and find new treatments. We’re conducting clinical trials of new drugs, studying the complications that children with TSC can experience and looking for DNA abnormalities that may contribute to the disease.
Learn more about the Multi-Disciplinary Tuberous Sclerosis Program.
Tuberous sclerosis complex: Reviewed by Mustafa Sahin, MD, PhD
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