Also called retino-otodiabetic syndrome, this is an extremely rare condition (only 140 known cases as of 2001) found mostly in developed countries, the United Kingdom having the largest group of diagnosed patients. It manifests with obesity in childhood, nerve deafness, and retinal degeneration that usually causes blindness by the age of seven. Alström's syndrome is also associated with juvenile diabetes.

Carl Henry Alström, who did extensive investigations into rape, incest, alcoholism, and epilepsy, first noted the symptoms of this in 1946, and following research produced a report in 1959. Bertil Hallgren was a contributor to the report, and for some time the condition was called Alström-Hallgren Syndrome but Hallgren's name was eventually dropped.


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