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Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita

Other Names for this Disease
  • SED congenita
  • SEDC
  • Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, congenital type
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How is spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita inherited?

Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia (SEDC) is typically inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. This means that one altered (mutated) gene in each cell is sufficient to cause the disorder. Most cases of SEDC do not result from inheriting it from a parent, however; the condition more commonly results from a random, new mutation in the gene occurring for the first time in an affected individual who does not have a history SEDC in the family.[1] In most of these cases, the risk to have another child with the condition is comparable to the risk for an individual in the general population to have a child with the condition. A few cases of autosomal recessive forms of SEDC have been reported.[2]

Germline mosaicism has also been reported for this condition.[2] In this case, the parent does not have the mutated gene in all the cells of the body (and is not affected), but only in some of the germ cells (sperm or egg cells). The recurrence risk for a parent with germline mosaicism to have another affected child is difficult to predict. For conditions with autosomal dominant inheritance, studies have demonstrated that the risk to have another affected child may be low (about 1%), moderate (about 6%), or higher (about 30%), depending on the proportion of germ cells with the mutation as well as the disorder itself.[3]
Last updated: 1/11/2012

  1. Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita. Genetics Home Reference. July 2008; Accessed 1/11/2012.
  2. Shital Parikh. Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia. eMedicine. August 19, 2011; Accessed 1/11/2012.
  3. Germline Mosaicism. Inherited Health. May 29, 2009; Accessed 1/11/2012.