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Alstrom Syndrome


Synonyms of Alstrom Syndrome
  • ALMS
  • Alstrom-Halgren Syndrome

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Alstrom syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that is associated with a wide variety of symptoms affecting multiple organ systems of the body. The disorder is generally characterized by vision and hearing abnormalities, childhood obesity, diabetes mellitus, heart disease (dilated cardiomyopathy) and slowly progressive kidney (renal) dysfunction, potentially leading to renal failure. The specific symptoms present and their severity may vary greatly from case to case even among members of the same family. Additional symptoms often occur. Although some children may experience delays in attaining developmental milestones, intelligence is usually unaffected. Alstrom syndrome is caused by disruption or defect (mutation) of the ALMS gene. Alstrom syndrome is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait.

    Organizations related to Alstrom Syndrome
    • Alstrom Syndrome International
      The Jackson Laboratory
      Bar Harbor ME 04609
      Phone #: 207-244-7043
      800 #: 800-371-3628
      e-mail: jan.marshall@jax.org
      Home page: http://www.jax.org/alstrom
    • American Academy of Audiology
      11730 Plaza America
      Reston VA 20190
      Phone #: 703-790-8466
      800 #: 800-222-2336
      e-mail: info@audiology.org
      Home page: http://www.audiology.org
    • American Society for Deaf Children
      PO Box 3355
      Gettysburg PA 17325
      Phone #: 800-942-6084
      800 #: 800-942-2732
      e-mail: ASDC1@aol.com
      Home page: http://www.deafchildren.org
    • Better Hearing Institute
      515 King Street, Suite 420
      Alexandria VA 22314
      Phone #: 703-684-3391
      800 #: 800-327-9355
      e-mail: mail@betterhearing.org
      Home page: http://www.betterhearing.org
    • Blind Children's Center
      4120 Marathon Street
      Los Angeles CA 90029-3584
      Phone #: 323-664-2153
      800 #: 800-222-3566
      e-mail: info@blindchildrenscenter.org
      Home page: http://www.blindchildrenscenter.org
    • Blind Children's Fund
      311 W. Broadway
      Mt. Pleasant MI 48858
      Phone #: 989-779-9966
      800 #: --
      e-mail: bcf@blindchildrensfund.org
      Home page: http://www.blindchildrensfund.org
    • Cardiomyopathy Association
      40 The Metro Centre
      Hertfordshire Intl WD1 8SB
      Phone #: 014-419-23249977
      800 #: --
      e-mail: info@caridiomyopathy.org
      Home page: http://www.cardiomyopathy.org
    • Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF)
      PO Box 547
      Tenafly NJ 07670
      Phone #: 866-808-2873
      800 #: --
      e-mail: info@childrenscardiomyopathy.org
      Home page: http://www.childrenscardiomyopathy.org
    • Chromosome
      11435 Cronhill Drive
      Owings Mills MD 21117-2220
      Phone #: 410-568-0150
      800 #: 800-683-5555
      e-mail: info@blindness.org
      Home page: http://www.fightblindness.org
    • Little People of America, Inc.
      250 El Camino Real
      Tustin CA 92780
      Phone #: 714-368-3689
      800 #: 888-572-2001
      e-mail: info@lpaonline.org
      Home page: http://www.lpaonline.org
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • Madisons Foundation
      PO Box 241956
      Los Angeles CA 90024
      Phone #: 310-264-0826
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
      Home page: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org
    • March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
      1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
      White Plains NY 10605
      Phone #: 914-428-7100
      800 #: 888-663-4637
      e-mail: Askus@marchofdimes.com
      Home page: http://www.marchofdimes.com
    • Marshall Jan, M.D.
      Jackson Laboratory
      Bar Harbor ME. 04609
      Phone #: 207-288-3371
      800 #: --
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: N/A
    • NIH/National Eye Institute
      Building 31 Rm 6A32
      Bethesda MD 20892-2510
      Phone #: 301-496-5248
      800 #: --
      e-mail: 2020@nei.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.nei.nih.gov/
    • NIH/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (Balance)
      National Temporal Bone, Hearing
      Boston MA 02114-3096
      Phone #: --
      800 #: 800-822-1327
      e-mail: TBRegistry@meei.harvard.edu
      Home page: http://www.tbregistry.org
    • National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)
      P.O. Box 317
      Watertown MA 02472
      Phone #: 617-972-7441
      800 #: 800-562-6265
      e-mail: napvi@perkins.org
      Home page: http://www.napvi.org
    • National Association for Visually Handicapped
      22 West 21st Street
      New York NY 10010
      Phone #: 212-889-3141
      800 #: --
      e-mail: staff@navh.org
      Home page: http://www.navh.org
    • National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)
      The Teaching Research Institute
      Monmouth OR 97361
      Phone #: 800-438-9376
      800 #: 800-438-9376
      e-mail: info@nationaldb.org
      Home page: http://www.nationaldb.org
    • Perkins School for the Blind
      175 North Beacon St.
      Watertown MA 02472
      Phone #: 617-924-3434
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: Info@Perkins.org
      Home page: http://www.Perkins.org



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