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How is multiple epiphyseal dysplasia inherited?
Multiple epiphyseal dysplasia (MED) may be inherited in an autosomal dominant
or autosomal recessive
manner depending on the genetic cause.
Most cases are autosomal dominant.
In autosomal dominant inheritance, having a mutation
in only one of the 2 copies of the responsible gene
is enough to cause the condition. The mutation may be inherited from a parent or can occur for the first time in the affected person. Each child of a person with an autosomal dominant condition has a 50% (1 in 2) chance to inherit the mutation.
More rarely, MED is inherited in an autosomal recessive
manner. In autosomal recessive inheritance, a person must have a mutation in both copies of the responsible gene to be affected. The parents of a person with an autosomal recessive condition usually each carry one mutated copy of the gene and are referred to as carriers
. Carriers typically do not have signs or symptoms and are unaffected. When two carriers for the same condition have children, each child has a 25% (1 in 4) chance to be affected, a 50% (1 in 2) chance to be a carrier like each parent, and a 25% to be both unaffected and
not a carrier.
Last updated: 6/3/2015
What is the risk for an individual with multiple epiphyseal dysplasia to pass the condition on to his/her offspring?
The risk for an individual with MED to pass the condition on to his/her offspring depends on the type of MED the individual has. Each child of an individual with an autosomal dominant
form of MED has a 50% (1 in 2) risk to inherit the condition. In order for an individual with an autosomal recessive
form of MED to have a child with the condition, that individual's partner must be a carrier for the same form of MED (e.g. he/she must have a mutation in the same disease-causing gene). Genetic testing may help to confirm the type of MED an individual has, as well as whether a partner is a carrier.
Individuals who are interested in learning more about the genetics of MED, genetic testing for MED and/or the genetic risks to themselves or family members should speak with a genetics professional.
Last updated: 7/1/2012
How can I find a genetics professional in my area?
Last updated: 7/15/2016
Is there any known association between multiple epiphyseal dysplasia and cleft palate?
A search of the available medical literature does not yield information about an association between autosomal dominant MED and cleft palate. Cleft palate
is a congenital abnormality (present at birth). The autosomal dominant form of multiple epiphyseal dysplasia (MED) typically manifests late in childhood. At birth, the affected individual's external appearance is normal, and clinical features of MED are seen in late childhood.
About 50 percent of individuals with autosomal recessive multiple epiphyseal dysplasia are born with at least one abnormal feature, which may include cleft palate; clubfoot; an unusual curving of the fingers or toes (clinodactyly); ear swelling; and/or an abnormality of the kneecap called a double-layered patella.
Although cleft palate may occur as part of some syndromes, there are many causes of this birth defect. In addition to genetic abnormalities, cleft palate may be caused by other things such as fetal exposure to drugs, viruses or other toxins.
About 6,800 babies in the United States are born with oral clefts each year. Nearly 2,600 babies are born with isolated cleft palate (occurring with no other abnormalities) each year.
Last updated: 7/1/2012
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