Hydrops, Ectopic calcification, Moth-eaten skeletal dysplasia
Other Names for this Disease
- Autosomal recessive lethal chondrodystrophy with congenital hydrops
- Greenberg dysplasia
- Greenberg skeletal dysplasia
- HEM dysplasia
Your QuestionSince my daughter passed from HEM, I have checked the leading publications for news of Greenburg's dysplasia. I am both happy and perplexed at the lack of mention. Are there truly only a handful of cases? Has this horrible condition not captured the eye of the research community? I was told that my daughter's death (after three weeks in the NICU) was due to this extraordinary mutation, and that her survival (although short) was beyond expectation. I am desperately looking for more information. Both my husband and I are carriers for the mutation and have many siblings. Our siblings have concerns over the prevalence of this mutation. I am not a medical professional. I would appreciate any response in "layman's terms" please.
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Questions on this page
- What is HEM?
- What are the signs and symptoms of HEM?
- What causes HEM?
- How is HEM diagnosed?
- Is carrier testing available for people who have other family members who are carriers or who have been affected with HEM?
- How can my family members determine their chances of having a child with HEM?
- What is the prognosis for HEM?
- Are there truly only a handful of cases of HEM?
- Has this horrible condition not captured the eye of the research community?
To determine one's chances of having a child with HEM, we recommend scheduling a genetics consultation with a genetics professional. Genetics clinics are a source of information for individuals and families regarding genetic diagnosis, natural history, treatment, mode of inheritance, and genetic risks to other family members. To find a genetics clinic, we recommend that you contact your primary doctor for a referral.
The following online resources can also help you find a genetics professional in your community:
* GeneTests - A searchable directory of US and international genetics and prenatal diagnosis clinics. Go to the following link and click on 'Clinic Directory' to find a genetic service close to you.
* ResourceLink - A database of genetics counseling services, searchable by location, name, institution, type of practice, or specialty. Hosted by the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
* Genetic Centers, Clinics, and Departments - A comprehensive resource list for genetic counseling, including links to genetic centers and clinics, associations, and university genetics departments. Hosted by the University of Kansas Medical Center.
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- LBR - lamin B receptor. Genetics Home Reference. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/gene=lbr#location. Accessed 7/15/2009.
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