Frequently Asked Questions1. Which doctors should I see if I experience symptoms of Fahr’s syndrome?
It is best to approach a family physician who can rule out other causes before directing you to a neurologist or neurosurgeon. Since Fahr’s syndrome is often mistaken for other diseases like Parkinson’s, it is necessary to check out other causes of neuromuscular degeneration.
2. How will I know if I am a carrier of the Fahr’s syndrome trait?
First it is necessary to understand if anyone in the family has the disease. One should then approach a genetic counsellor for tests that rule out carrier genes. Genetic counsellors may recommend individual and family gene mapping to understand the inheritance pattern of Fahr’s syndrome if it is present in the family.
3. What is the best treatment option for Fahr’s syndrome?
Treatment depends on a number of factors including personal and family medical histories. It also depends on the severity of symptoms presented by the individual. The neurologist or neuropsychiatrist is the best person to evaluate and establish a treatment regimen. Treatment is usually a combination of medications, physiotherapy and counselling.
4. Is there a cure for Fahr’s syndrome?
At present there is no known cure for Fahr’s. Research is in progress to identify the exact etiology of calcification in the brain areas.
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