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Lowe syndrome

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.


It is possible that the main title of the report Lowe syndrome is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.


  • OCRL
  • oculocerebrorenal syndrome
  • oculocerebrorenal syndrome of Lowe

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Lowe syndrome is characterized by vision problems including clouding of the lenses of the eyes (cataracts) that are present at birth, kidney problems that usually develop in the first year of life, and brain abnormalities that are associated with intellectual disabilities. Lowe syndrome is inherited as an X-linked genetic condition.


March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

1275 Mamaroneck Avenue

White Plains, NY 10605

Tel: (914)997-4488

Fax: (914)997-4763

Tel: (888)663-4637



Lowe Syndrome Association

PO Box 864346

Plano, TX 75086-4346


Tel: (972)733-1338



NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute

Building 31, Room 4B09

31 Center Drive, MSC 2152

9000 Rockville Pike

Room 617

Bethesda, MD 20892-2152

Tel: (301)402-0911

Fax: (301)402-2218


Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

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Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126

Tel: (301)251-4925

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TDD: (888)205-3223


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Last Updated:  3/13/2012

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