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Herscot Center for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a genetic disorder that causes benign tumors to grow in all major organ systems, including the brain, skin, heart, kidney, lung, and eye. Individuals with TSC may experience complications in any or all of these organs.
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is often difficult to diagnose. The disorder is well known for causing a wide variety of symptoms, which often differ from one individual to another. TSC may affect any or all major organs, but these manifestations are not always outwardly apparent or easily recognizable, especially in very young children with TSC. Further complicating diagnosis is the fact that no single manifestation of TSC is unique to the disorder.
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a genetic disorder that results from a mutation in one of two genes that are present in virtually all the cells of the body at birth. It can't be "caught," in the way that an infectious disease can be caught, nor is it a disease like diabetes or cancer, which results from a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Despite continuing advances in TSC research, there is not yet a cure for the disorder. For now, medical treatments can only address TSC's symptoms, with the objective of identifying and managing potential problems before they arise or cause significant illness. Experts are hopeful that current clinical trials and genetics research will lead to treatments for the disorder itself, and one day even a cure for TSC.