Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Anon | 2011-10-25

Q.

Genetic disease

Dear Professor
A friend of my son''s (6 yo) recently had a number of fleshy growths removed from his scalp, they were about 2-3 cm in diameter and about half a cm thick and round in shape with no hair on it. He also had one removed from the skin over his kidney area. When the histology results came back it was apparent that he had some kind of genetic disease which was later testes, but the mom is too shocked to talk about it. It is apparently very serious. I respect the mom''s choice not talk about it, but would like to know what it could be as it is my son''s best friend. The boy also has vision problems as he struggles to focus and his eyes tend to squint if he doesn''t wear his glasses, but might be unrelated. Could you perhaps speculate on what it could be?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This sounds like a condition called 'Tuberous sclerosis'. You can read up more about it on Google.

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