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Treatment

There is no way to correct the gene mutation that causes FD. Treatment focuses on relieving a child's symptoms and preventing complications. Treatments include:

  • A feeding tube or a surgical opening in the stomach called a gastrotomy to improve feeding and help to prevent food and fluids from entering the lungs

  • Methylcellulose eye drops (Artificial Tears, Tears Naturale, Lacril and other brand names) to moisten the eyes and to prevent ulcers on the cornea

  • Medicine to control vomiting, high blood pressure and bladder function

  • Surgery to correct scoliosis

  • Counseling and psychological support for the child and family

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