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Tuberous Sclerosis

Tuberous Sclerosis (TSC) is a rare genetic disease causing benign tumors to grow in the brain and on other vital organs, such as the kidneys, heart, eyes, lungs, and skin. It also affects the central nervous system. Other common symptoms associated with TSC include seizures, mental retardation, behavior problems, and skin abnormalities. Some signs of TSC can be seen at birth, still in many cases the full symptoms may take some time to develop. There are three types of brain tumors found in individuals with TSC:

  • Cortical tubers on the surface of the brain
  • Subependymal nodules that form in the walls of the ventricles of the brain
  • Giant-Cell astrocytomas can block the flow of important brain fluids in the brain

Other Useful Links about Autism

  • Autism Overview
    • Autism is a neurological and developmental disorder that is associated with social, communication, sensory, behavioral and cognitive impairments, as well as restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, activities, or interests. Navigate to the Autism page for more information.
  • Autism Diagnostic Procedures
    • This link details a list of frequently used procedures to diagnose autism, including Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS), the Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (CHAT), and other screening tests.
  • Signs of Autism
    • Please refer to the signs of autism page that outlines communication, socialization, and sensory characteristics that are common in children on the autism spectrum. This is not intended to help diagnose a child.
  • Autism Therapy
    • Learn more about various therapies for autism; including play therapy, family therapy, neurofeedback and many more options.
  • Autism Treatments
    • Read more about various autism treatments, that include such things as integrative medicine approaches, diets, dietary supplements, and body work.
  • Rare Conditions with Autistic-Like Features
  • Additional Diagnosis Associated with Autism
  • Basic Neurology
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