Understand The BPES Condtion
Any couple expecting a child often have hope for a normal child. The children begot to couples sometimes may come with rare conditions that can affect their general growth or state of mind. If a child is born with a genetic condition affecting the above named, both the patient and their families have an almost equal share of disturbing experiences as the child grows. The conditions not only affect the patient’s list of possible activities or jobs but they have been known to be a cause of stigma in some places.
Blepharophimosis, Ptosis and Epicanthus Inversus Syndrome is one such genetic condition mostly abbreviated as BPES. Blepharophimosis, Ptosis and Epicanthus Inversus Syndrome is a disease in infants. The eyes and the reproductive system of patients are the two parts affected most by this condition. Research has shown that BPES is a hereditary disease. Families with individuals having the condition, therefore, have very high probabilities of getting offspring with the condition. Retarded growth, mental handicap and physical deformities just like in other genetic diseases may be present in BPES patients. The condition, however, can be pinpointed to two very specific major symptoms.
Individuals with the condition are mostly identified by the deformed eyelids. Due to deformities of the eyelids, the vision of the patients becomes impaired. It becomes difficult for the drooping eyelids to be lifted properly.Due to the drooping state of the eyelids, the patient is unable to lift them well. Vision also becomes impaired because the distance between corners of the eye is increased. What a long distance between the corners of the eyes does is to prevent easy movement of the eyeball reducing the ability of the eye to make a clear vision.
Apart from having drooping eyelids, some people with BPES have the disease-causing its symptoms in the reproductive system. This is mostly for young girls and women who when affected by the genetic condition have premature failure of the ovaries. Their ovaries may be normally formed but not functional. It is even hard for the premature ovarian failure to be detected by an ultrasound scan. Failure to correct the condition however means that the patient cannot reproduce.
Now that the condition’s symptoms have been brought forward we will see what available solutions are there. Drooping eyelids may be left as they are if their drooping does not affect the vision of the patient. Eyelid surgery is however done in the cases where eyelids droop to the extent of impairing the vision. To give the patient a normal life, the eyelids are lifted surgically. If the failure of the ovary is detected, it can also be remedied. The correction of the failure is by addition or replacement of hormones that help the ovary perform its functions. Reproductive hormones such as Estrogen and progesterone are injected into the patient’s system. The hormones bring back the functioning of the ovaries.