Welcome to theCystinosis Research Network

Cystinosis is a rare, genetic, metabolic, lysosomal storage disease that causes an abnormal accumulation of the amino acid cystine in various organs and tissues of the body such as the kidneys, eyes, muscles, pancreas and brain.

The cystine accumulation causes widespread tissue and organ damage. Cystine accumulation can lead to kidney failure, muscle wasting, swallowing difficulty, diabetes, hypothyroidism, cerebral atrophy, photophobia, blindness, corneal ulceration, ventilatory impairment, and more. Without treatment, children with cystinosis will usually develop end stage kidney failure and die prematurely.

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Care Package Program

Send a complimentary care package to a friend or family member with cystinosis, your child, or yourself through a new initiative called “Brighter Days”.

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Health Care Professionals

The CRN provides the latest updates on research and treatment advancements, funds research grants and provides best clinical practices resources.

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News

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Announcement from Leadient

To address the shortage of Cystaran eye drops some members of our community...

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FDA Approves CYSTADROPS®

Recordati announced approval of an eye drop treatment to reduce corneal crystals....

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Resources

Newly Diagnosed

You’ve received a diagnosis. Now what?

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Education

Daily life with cystinosis can present challenges. There are resources to help you along the way.

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Research Developments

Teams of medical experts are researching every aspect of cystinosis with the purpose of understanding our disease, finding improved treatments and a cure.

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