Summer 2018 Newsletter – Issue No. 81

Hello everyone! 2018 is CDO’s 26th year of providing support for all those coping with a rare chromosome disorder diagnosis. We hope you will visit our website to learn more about the many ways CDO helps individuals and families. And while there, please also check out our You Can Help page. As a charity, CDO...
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Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Patient Powered Research Network

This article discusses Phelan-McDermid Syndrome and the Patient Powered Research Network. Phelan-McDermid Syndrome (PMS) is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder, with only about 1,400 cases reported. It is caused either by a 22q13 deletion – a region within the long arm of chromosome 22 – or a mutation within the SHANK3 gene (found within this region)....
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Inherited Microdeletions or microduplications – a benign finding?

Are inherited microdeletions or microduplications a benign finding or more complex? Small deletions or duplications of chromosomal material may be found upon examination of patients with several neurodevelopmental problems (autism, epilepsy, intellectual disability) or birth defects. In many instances the same chromosomal abnormalities are found in one of their apparently unaffected parents. It suggests a...
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