What is Bardet Biedl Syndrome (BBS)?
(Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Bardet-Biedl syndrome is a disorder which can affect a variety of parts throughout the body. The signs and symptoms of this condition vary among affected individuals, even among members of the same family.
Vision loss is one of the major features of Bardet-Biedl syndrome. Loss of vision occurs as the light-sensing tissue at the back of the eye (the retina) gradually deteriorates. Over time, these blind spots enlarge and merge to produce tunnel vision. Most people with Bardet-Biedl syndrome also develop blurred central vision (poor visual acuity) and become legally blind by adolescence or early adulthood.
Obesity is another characteristic feature of Bardet-Biedl syndrome. Abnormal weight gain typically begins in early childhood and continues to be an issue throughout life.
Other signs and symptoms of BBS may include:
- Speech disorder/delay
- Brachydactyly – Syndactyly of both the hands and feet
- Developmental delay
- Polyuria/polydipsia (nephrogenic diabetes insipidus)
- Ataxia/poor coordination/imbalance
- Mild hypertonia (especially lower limbs)
- Diabetes mellitus
- Dental crowding
- Cardiovascular anomalies
- Hepatic involvement
- Auditory deficiencies
- Hirschsprung disease
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