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What You Need To Know About BPES Condition

Any couple expecting a child often have hope for a normal child. This is however not the case as some rare instances have seen couples get children with genetic conditions which affect the children’s mental state or general growth. If a child is born with a genetic condition affecting the above named, both the patient and their families have an almost equal share of disturbing experiences as the child grows. Apart from being stigmatized in some places, the type of jobs or activities they engage in are limited.

One such rare genetic disease is the Blepharophimosis, Ptosis and Epicanthus Inversus Syndrome often called BPES. Blepharophimosis, Ptosis and Epicanthus Inversus Syndrome is a disease in infants. It mostly affects the eyes and the reproductive system. BPES has been classified as a hereditary disease through research. Families with individuals having the condition, therefore, have very high probabilities of getting offspring with the condition. The disease has common symptoms experienced in genetic conditions such as growth retardation, mental problems and physical malformations. The condition, however, can be pinpointed to two very specific major symptoms.

The first most common symptom shown in individuals with BPES is defects in the eye and specifically the eyelids. Malformed eyelids impair the vision of the patients. The eyelids will be drooping and do not open well. Vision also becomes impaired because the distance between corners of the eye is increased. What a long distance between the corners of the eyes does is to prevent easy movement of the eyeball reducing the ability of the eye to make a clear vision.

Apart from having drooping eyelids, some people with BPES have the disease-causing its symptoms in the reproductive system. Premature ovarian failure is what young girls and women with the genetic condition suffer from. The women and girls have normal ovaries that are not functioning. It is even hard for the premature ovarian failure to be detected by an ultrasound scan. Unless this condition is rectified, the patients are rendered infertile.

Now that the condition’s symptoms have been brought forward we will see what available solutions are there. Drooping eyelids may be left as they are if their drooping does not affect the vision of the patient. In extreme cases, however, eyelid surgery is done. Once the eyelids are lifted through surgery, the patients can live a normal life. Rectification of the ovarian failure can also be done if the condition is identified. Hormones involved in the functioning of the ovary are added into the system artificially. The hormones added include estrogen and progesterone which are reproductive hormones. These rejuvenate the ovaries and the start functioning properly.

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