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Alport syndrome is a genetic disease primarily affecting the kidneys, ears, and eyes, resulting from an inherited mutation. There is no cure for Alport syndrome, but life-long medical care can help individuals manage the condition. Treatment focuses on relieving symptoms, correcting complications, and slowing the disease's impact on the body.

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1. What Causes Alport Syndrome?

Alport syndrome is caused by the mutation of a gene instrumental in the production of a type IV collagen protein, which plays a role in maintaining the structure and function of cells and tissues throughout the body. The mutation results in faulty protein production instructions, leading to abnormal type IV collagen.

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