Alström syndrome is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by hearing loss, blindness, obesity, non-insulin dependent diabetes, and others.Patient concern:
A 10 years old Saudi girl, who presented with diabetic ketoacidosis and found to have hearing loss and blindness.Diagnosis:
Multidisciplinary team approach, with echocardiography, hearing test, eye exam and genetic test for Alström syndrome.Outcomes:
The patient has retinitis pigmentosa, bilateral hearing loss, double diabetes with weakly positive anti-insulin antibodies and DNA analysis showed novel mutation for Alström syndrome.Lessons:
the combination of obesity, diabetes, hearing loss and blindness should alert the physician to test for Alström syndrome.