Alport Syndrome

Alport Syndrome results from errors in the genetic instructions for a protein called Type IV Collagen, which is involved in function of the kidneys and the inner ear. The most common symptoms are high levels of protein or blood in the urine. The extent to which kidney function may decline, and at what pace, varies significantly among individuals. Alport Syndrome can cause some hearing loss. The health of people diagnosed with Alport Syndrome can be managed with monitoring and medical interventions. Alport Syndrome occurs in approximately 1 in 50,000 newborns.

The above information was compiled from various sources, and more information is available from the National Institutes of Health and the Alport Syndrome Foundation.  Visit to find a genetic counselor in your area.