Research helps us better understand diseases and can lead to advances in diagnosis and treatment. This section provides resources to help you learn about medical research and ways to get involved.
Nonprofit support and advocacy groups bring together patients, families, medical professionals, and researchers. These groups often raise awareness, provide support, and develop patient-centered information. Many are the driving force behind research for better treatments and possible cures. They can direct people to research, resources, and services. Many groups also have experts who serve as medical advisors. Visit their website or contact them to learn about the services they offer. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by GARD.
Living with a genetic or rare disease can impact the daily lives of patients and families. These resources can help families navigate various aspects of living with a rare disease.
These resources provide more information about this condition or associated symptoms. The in-depth resources contain medical and scientific language that may be hard to understand. You may want to review these resources with a medical professional.
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My husband and I were recently told we are carriers, and our first baby girl died at about 40 hrs old from VLCAD. I am now pregnant with another little girl and we worry about this baby having VLCAD. What are the chances that she comes out and has the condition and dies? And if she does have it, is there any treatment I can do before she's born? Can she survive having the mutated gene and live a healthy life? See answer
What is the life expectancy of a child with VLCAD deficiency? Who are the best doctors in the United States for this condition? I was told that my child has one mutated gene and one with significant variables. Does that mean she has the condition?