15q26 overgrowth syndrome


Can 15q26 overgrowth syndrome be treated?

There is no cure for 15q26 overgrowth syndrome, and no one treatment that can improve all of the symptoms of the condition. Treatment for 15q26 overgrowth syndrome is aimed at the specific symptoms of the condition. Because the symptoms of 15q26 overgrowth syndrome can be quite different from one patient to the next, treatment plans can also vary greatly. A medical geneticist (a doctor specially trained to diagnose and treat genetic conditions) can help determine which symptoms of 15q26 overgrowth syndrome a patient has. From there, referrals can be made to different specialists to treat the different symptoms. For example, a patient who has severe scoliosis may require surgery to improve the degree of curvature of the spine. Medical geneticists can be found by asking for recommendations from your regular doctor, or by using the American College of Medical Genetics' Clinic Services Search Engine. In the "search by genetic service type(s)" heading, choose "General Genetic Services" from the "Clinic Service Type" drop down menu, and check the "General Genetics" box under "Clinic Services". If a child will be meeting with the geneticist, you may want to check the "Pediatric Genetics" box under "Clinic Services".

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