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What will the doctor ask before doing any tests to diagnose tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC)?

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With so many different symptoms, diagnosing this condition can be tricky.

Your doctor will talk with you before doing any testing, asking questions such as:

  • What did you notice that brought you here today? When did it start?
  • Have you had seizures? If so, what happens? How long do they last? How often?
  • How often do you have headaches? How bad are they?
  • Does anyone else in your family have seizures or epilepsy?
  • Does anyone in your family have TSC?

SOURCES:

Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance: "Signs of TSC," "What Is TSC?" "Lung Involvement," "Brain Involvement," "Kidney Involvement," "Skin Involvement," "Eye Involvement."

Tuberous Sclerosis Association: "An Introduction to Tuberous Sclerosis Complex."

NINDS: "Tuberous Sclerosis Fact Sheet."

NIH Genetics Home Reference: "Tuberous sclerosis complex."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Tuberous Sclerosis (TSC)."

NORD: "Tuberous Sclerosis."

FDA: "Everolimus for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC)."

Angiogenesis Foundation: "Angiogenesis inhibitor found effective for treating brain tumors in children with genetic disease; accelerated FDA approval follows study results."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 16, 2018

SOURCES:

Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance: "Signs of TSC," "What Is TSC?" "Lung Involvement," "Brain Involvement," "Kidney Involvement," "Skin Involvement," "Eye Involvement."

Tuberous Sclerosis Association: "An Introduction to Tuberous Sclerosis Complex."

NINDS: "Tuberous Sclerosis Fact Sheet."

NIH Genetics Home Reference: "Tuberous sclerosis complex."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Tuberous Sclerosis (TSC)."

NORD: "Tuberous Sclerosis."

FDA: "Everolimus for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC)."

Angiogenesis Foundation: "Angiogenesis inhibitor found effective for treating brain tumors in children with genetic disease; accelerated FDA approval follows study results."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 16, 2018

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