Tuberous Sclerosis | Overview


What is tuberous sclerosis?

Tuberous sclerosis is a disease that causes growths in the skin, brain, kidneys, eyes, heart or lungs. These growths are usually benign (non-cancerous). The first signs of tuberous sclerosis may be seizures and spots on the skin. Some people who have tuberous sclerosis may have learning problems or seizures that are hard to control.

Tuberous sclerosis affects every 1 in 6,000 people in the United States. The disorder occurs in both sexes and in people of all races and ethnic groups.


Recognizing an Index Case of Tuberous Sclerosis by JS Hurst, M.D. and S Wilcoski, M.D. (American Family Physician February 01, 2000,

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 02/00