Alström Syndrome Europe
This website is for medical professionals who want to find out more about Alström Syndrome. Alström Syndrome is a genetic disorder that can cause a set of conditions including vision problems (“Retinal Degeneration”), hearing loss, obesity, heart problems (“Cardiomyopathy”) and diabetes (due to insulin resistance) as well as other possible features.
A syndrome is the name given to a condition where features occur in a consistent pattern, and where the cause is not understood. Alström Syndrome is named after a Dr Carl-Henry Alström, who in Sweden in 1959 described several members of a family with similar features including retinal degeneration, obesity, sensorineural hearing loss, and diabetes.