Canavan Disease is a severe progressive genetic disorder that occurs
most frequently in children of Ashkenazi
(European) Jewish ancestry. Symptoms appear after the first few
months and may include macrocephaly, hypotonia, and poor head control.
The disease typically progresses with lack of muscle development,
seizures, optic atrophy, and feeding problems. The large majority
of children with Canavan Disease die before age five. The American
College of Obstetrics & Gynecology (ACOG) recommends carrier
screening for couples in which at least one person is of Ashkenazi
Jewish ancestry. DNA
Direct offers Ashkenazi Jewish Carrier Screening for $262 to
$1219 depending on the tests ordered.
Jane, thank you so much. Aideen, we love you. Take all the time you need, but rememebr, we're here for you and we love you and Ben and the rest of your failmy! and if you personally don't find a cure it will be the researcher you're standing behind w... read more»
Posted at 3:39pm on Monday, September 5th, 2011
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