Physicals and Specialists

People with A-T should have a complete physical exam once a year. Specific attention should be paid to the following issues:

  • Monitoring height and weight gain during ages of expected growth and weight loss at any age
  • Assessing frequency and severity of infections
  • Looking for signs and symptoms of lung disease
  • Screening for feeding or swallowing problems
  • Screening for diabetes
  • Screening for problems with liver function
  • Screening for lipid abnormalities (cholesterol and triglycerides)
  • Cancer screening; for adults include full exam of skin and breasts; consider need for breast MRI, colonoscopy, and upper GI endoscopy based upon age, history of gastroesophageal reflux, and family history unrelated to A-T
  • Screening for mental health problems (depression)

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