Tuberous sclerosis is a disease of the chromosomes. The illness may affect the brain, skin, kidneys, eyes, heart, and lungs. Neurological manifestations may include epilepsy, mental retardation, and autism. Individuals with tuberous sclerosis can also develop tumors of the kidneys and skin lesions.
Nationwide Children’s has recognized the need for specialized, multidisciplinary care for children with tuberous sclerosis as well as adults who continue to develop complications of the disease. The Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic combines the expertise of pediatric neurologists, geneticists and nephrologists for initial diagnosis and therapy. Expanded and long-term care includes the specialties of ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology and neurosurgery. Many of the complications of tuberous sclerosis can be treated but early identification is essential.
Neurology Chief E. Steve Roach, MD, one of the clinic’s directors, was the lead author of the “Tuberous sclerosis consensus diagnostic criteria” that has been in use for the last 12 years. Geneticist Dr. Joan Atkin, also one of the clinic’s directors, provides guidance and counseling on the genetic aspects of the disease.
Physician Referral Information
The Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic accepts referrals from primary care physicians and pediatric specialists from the United States and internationally. To make a referral, there are three options:
Fax a referral request to (614) 722-4000
Make a referral and schedule by phone, call (614) 722-6200 or 1-877-722-6220
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