Other Names for this Disease
- Benign chronic pemphigus
- Benign familial pemphigus
- Familial benign pemphigus
Your QuestionCan prenatal genetic screening be done for the ATP2C1 responsible for Hailey-Hailey disease? If so, how who you advise a couple to move forward if they were wanting to conceive a child free of this genetic disorder? The mother is the gene carrier.
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PGD represents an alternative to prenatal diagnosis. It is used following in vitro fertilization to diagnose a genetic disease or condition in embryos. Only embryos that do not carry the disease-causing mutation are implanted in the mother's womb. PGD allows testing to occur before a pregnancy begins.
In many cases, the disease-causing mutation must be identified in an affected relative before PGD or prenatal diagnosis can be performed.
You can learn more about these and other tests by visiting the links below to the view information on this topic developed by the Centre for Genetic Education and by the Genetics and Public Policy Center:
The following online resources can help you find a genetics professional in your community:
- The National Society of Genetic Counselors provides a searchable directory of US and international genetic counseling services.
- The American College of Medical Genetics has a searchable database of US genetics clinics.
- The University of Kansas Medical Center provides a list of US and international genetic centers, clinics, and departments.
- The American Society of Human Genetics maintains a database of its members, which includes individuals who live outside of the United States. Visit the link to obtain a list of the geneticists in your country, some of whom may be researchers that do not provide medical care.
- Hailey-Hailey disease. DermNet NZ. December 29, 2013; http://www.dermnetnz.org/systemic/familial-pemphigus.html. Accessed 5/14/2014.
- Benign chronic pemphigus. Genetics Home Reference. May, 2013; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/benign-chronic-pemphigus. Accessed 5/14/2014.