Sunday, October 4, 2009

Syndrome Symptoms of McCune-Albright

Symptoms of the disease McCune-Albright syndrome are more prone to the bones of the body that resemble arthritis sufferers, the disease can interfere with activists for patients if not treated immediately on.

What is McCune - Albright syndrome?

McCune-Albright syndrome is a disease that affects the bones, skin, and endocrine (hormone) system. It results from a change (or mutation) in a gene that occurs by chance in the womb. Because it occurs by chance, it is not inherited and passed down from one generation to the next.

What are the symptoms of McCune-Albright syndrome

People with McCune-Albright syndrome may have symtoms related to bones, the endocrine system, or skin. The symptoms can range from mild to severe.

Bone symptoms

- Those with McCune-Albright syndrome often have polyostotic fibrous dysplasia (pronounced pa-lee-oh-STOT-ikFIE-bruss diss-PLAY-jsha). Which occurs when normal bone is replaced by softer, fibrous tissue. When this happens in weight-bearing bones, such as the leg bones, it can cause limping, deformity, and fractures.

- People with McCune-Albright syndrome often have this dysplasia condition in the bones of the skull and upper jaw, so these bones grow unevenly. There is no known hormonal or medical treatment for controlling this aspect of disease, although surgery can help correct some fractures and deformities.

Endocrine system symptoms

- Precocious, or very early, puberty - Girls with McCune-Albright syndrome begin to show signs of puberty much younger than normal. Menstrual bleeding before two years of age is the first symtom of age is the first symptom of McCune-Albright syndrome for most female condition may show signs of puberty early, but these signs are less common than in girls.

- Thyroid function - The thyroid is a small gland in the neck that affects the metabolism. About half of patients with McCune-Albright syndrome have problems with their thyroid glands, such as enlargement or masses (called nodules or cysts). Drug therapy can sometimes improve thyroid function.

- Growth hormone
Some patients have too much pituitary growth hormone, which causes coarse facial features, larger hands and feet, and arthritis. Treatments include surgery and medication.

- Cushing's syndrome - This is a rare problem for McCune-Albright syndrome patients. Symptoms include obsity of the face and body, weight gain, skin fragility, and stopping growth in childhood. Cushing's syndrome is treated by removing the affected glands or with medicine.

1 comment:

shashank said...

Here is a link to more information about the genetics of McCune-Albright Syndrome that was prepared by our genetic counselor and which has links to some useful resources for those dealing with this condition: There is also a phone number listed if you need to speak to a genetic counselor by phone. I hope it helps. Thanks, AccessDNA