Other Names for this Disease
- 4p syndrome
- Chromosome 4p syndrome
- Distal deletion 4p
- Microcephaly, IUGR, Hypertelorism, Ptosis, iris coloboma, hooked nose, external ear dysplasia, psychomotor retardation
Your QuestionMy sister has two children that have been diagnosed with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome. How common is it for a person to have more than one child with the syndrome? I am interested in getting a genetic test to see if I am a carrier. Will the test be covered by my insurance? How much do they generally cost?
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If a parent is found to have a balanced translocation involving chromosome 4, they may be at risk of having additional children with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. Once a translocation is found, other family members can also be tested to see if they are carriers of the same balanced translocation.
Genetics clinics are a source of information for individuals and families regarding genetic conditions, treatment, inheritance, and genetic risks to other family members. More information about genetic consultations is available from Genetics Home Reference. To find a genetics clinic, we recommend that you contact your primary healthcare provider for a referral.
The following online resources can help you find a genetics professional in your community:
- GeneTests has a searchable directory of US and international genetics and prenatal diagnosis clinics.
- 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.
- Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. Genetic Home Reference Website. January 2009; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/wolf-hirschhorn-syndrome. Accessed 11/16/2011.