Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Bourneville's Disease Overview

Another name for Bourneville's Disease is Tuberous Sclerosis.

What is tuberous sclerosis?
A person with tuberous sclerosis has an inherited genetic disorder that affects the skin, brain, nervous symptom, kidneys, heart, and causes tumors to grow. Tuberous sclerosis causes medical problems such as cardiac arrhythmias, seizures, autism, skin lesions, kidney disease, lung disease, and tooth and gum disease.

What are the symptoms of tuberous sclerosis?
The skin symptoms of tuberous sclerosis include red patches on the face, raised patches of skin on the back with an orange peel texture, and white areas of skin that look like ash leaf. The brain symptoms of tuberous sclerosis include mental retardation, seizures, and developmental delays. Other symptoms of tuberous sclerosis include kidney tumors, heart tumors, pitted enamel on the teeth, rough growth around the fingernails and toenails, and rubbery benign tumors on or around the tongue.

How does the doctor treat tuberous sclerosis?
The treatment for tuberous sclerosis varies from person to person based on the symptoms. There is no specific treatment for tuberous sclerosis. Medications may be used to control seizures as well as laser surgery to remove any growths.

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Last Updated: Sep 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Bourneville's Disease References
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