Alagille syndrome

Treatment

What are the first steps after an initial diagnosis of Alagille syndrome?

Your doctor who diagnoses you with Alagille Syndrome will likely recommend make appointments doctors in several different specialties in order to screen for problems which may be seen in this condition. The doctors who commonly see patients with this condition are:

  1. Gastroenterologist (expert in the digestive system and liver)
  2. Cardiologist (expert in the heart)
  3. Ophthalmologist (expert in the eyes)
  4. Nephrologist (expert in the kidneys)
  5. Orthopedist (expert in bones)
  6. Geneticist (expert in genetics)
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Is there a treatment(s) for Alagille syndrome?

Are there symptom-specific treatments for Alagille syndrome?

Is there a treatment(s) for Alagille syndrome?

There is no cure for Alagille syndrome. However, the different symptoms of Alagille syndrome can be treated as best as possible in each patient.

  • Liver symptoms may be treated with medicines or surgery to make the liver work better. A liver transplant might be needed in those with severe liver problems.
  • Heart symptoms treated and monitored by a cardiologist, and treatment depends on the type of symptoms. Some patients may require medicines, surgery or a heart transplant.
  • Kidney symptoms are treated by a nephrologist based on the type of symptoms.
  • Eye symptoms rarely need any treatment.
  • Butterfly-shaped vertebrae rarely need any treatment.
  • Growth and developmental delays can be partly treated by making sure the child is eating nutritious food and getting enough fat-soluble vitamins
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Are there symptom-specific treatments for Alagille syndrome?

Alagille syndrome is usually treated symptom by symptom.

  • Liver symptoms may be treated with medicines or surgery to make the liver work better. A liver transplant might be needed in those with severe liver problems.
  • Heart symptoms treated by a cardiologist, and treatment depends on the type of symptoms. Some patients may require medicines, surgery or a heart transplant.
  • Kidney symptoms are treated by a nephrologist based on the type of symptoms.
  • Eye symptoms rarely need any treatment.
  • Butterfly-shaped vertebrae rarely need any treatment.
  • Growth and developmental delays can be partly treated by making sure the child is eating nutritious food and getting enough fat-soluble vitamins
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