Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome (AGS) is an autoimmune disorder that mainly affects the brain, the immune system and the skin in infants and babies. As a result, lifespan is greatly reduced.
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About Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome
Most newborns with AGS do not show any signs of symptoms at birth. However, about 20 percent are born with a combination of features that include an enlarged liver and spleen, elevated blood levels of liver enzymes, a decrease in blood platelets and abnormal neurological responses. In the first year, many AGS babies experience an episode of severe brain dysfunction which leads to irritability, inability to feed well, fevers and sometimes seizures (Genetics Home Reference). Continue reading about this complex disorder.