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Recombinant chromosome 8 syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Rec8 syndrome
  • San Luis Valley recombinant chromosome 8 syndrome
  • San Luis Valley syndrome
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Recombinant chromosome 8 syndrome is a condition that involves heart and urinary tract abnormalities, moderate to severe intellectual disability, and a distinctive facial appearance. Many children with recombinant chromosome 8 syndrome do not survive past early childhood, usually due to complications related to their heart abnormalities. Most people with this condition are descended from a Hispanic population originating in the San Luis Valley area of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. Recombinant chromosome 8 syndrome is caused by a rearrangement of chromosome 8 that results in a missing piece of the short (p) arm and an extra piece of the long (q) arm. Most affected individuals have at least one parent with a change in chromosome 8 called an inversion.[1]
Last updated: 4/15/2011


  1. Recombinant 8 syndrome. Genetics Home Reference. April 2009; Accessed 11/1/2010.
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