Even if you've
already had healthy children,
your unborn children could be at risk.
for Familial Dysautonomia (FD)
1 in 27 people of Jewish descent
is a carrier of this life threatening disease.
FD is an Ashkenazi Jewish
genetic disease which is present at birth. It affects the development of
the autonomic and sensory nervous systems. Problems such as labile blood
pressure, temperature swings, swallowing and digestive difficulties, the
ability to feel pain and temperature, diminished tear production, pulmonary
problems and heart arrhythmia can result. 1 in 27 individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish
ancestry carries the FD gene. 2001 marked the discovery of the genetic
mutations responsible for this disorder. A simple blood test can now be performed
to learn if an individual is a carrier. Prevention is possible. Research
is now faced with the challenge of developing a cure.
Carrier testing is available for many Jewish genetic diseases such as Familial Dysautonomia, Canavan, Tay-Sachs, Gaucher Disease, Bloom’s Syndrome, and others. Ask a genetic counselor about the Ashkenazi-Jewish Panel.
Dysautonomia Foundation, Inc. 212-279-1066
or visit: www.familialdysautonomia.org
Dysautonomia Foundation, Inc. 315 West 39th Street, Suite 701, New York, NY 10018
The Dysautonomia Foundation -- A
non-profit organization supporting medical research
and treatment for those afflicted with FD.