This is perhaps not an illness you hear about very often. But for those who have it – about 1-million people around the world – it’s very real. The complex is characterized by non-cancerous tumors that grow throughout the body.
While they’re benign tumors, there can be significant health problems associated with the complex depending on the location and size of the tumors. Let’s take a closer look at six facts about this relatively rare disorder…
1. It Can Go Undetected
While tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) can be discovered in infancy or early childhood, some people deal with the disorder until adulthood before they actually get a diagnosis, according to the Mayo Clinic.
This is because the symptoms might be so mild that it doesn’t warrant a closer look, notes the source. In some cases, it goes completely undiagnosed – which could lead doctors to look at other causes for health troubles.