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Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome
Transcript of Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome
By: Ben Maurer
What is VHL
Von Hippel-Lindau Sydrome, also known as angiomatosis retinae, is a mutation in the DNA. It is inherited by a dominant allele. The X chromosome is affected by this disorder. For the disease to occur, two copies of the gene have to simultaneously change to trigger the disease.
The syptoms of VHL include, headaches, balance problems, walking problems, dizzines, limb weaknesses, vision problems, high blood pressure, Angioma, Hemangioblastorma, Retinal lesions, impaired vision, Angiomatosis, Cereballar hemangioblastorma, Retinoangioma, Brain gangioma, Spinal cord angioma, Pheochromocytoma, Walking difficulties, and visual difficulties.
The disease is not preventable. If one of your parents has it then you have a 50% chance of getting it. Although you can have children, they will have a 50% chance of getting the disease. There is no cure currently, but research is being done to understand VHL better.
The only medical assistance for an affected child is screenings and surgeries to remove tumors. The assisitance for the child while he/she grows older would be more surgeries depending if he/she develops more tumors or something goes undetected. The life expectancy for the child is 50 to 100 years. Their is currently no cure for VHl, but associated tumors can be removed.
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