Most cases of jejunal atresia occur sporadically in people with no family history of the condition. However, it can rarely affect more than one family member. In these families, jejunal atresia is likely due to a genetic cause and appears to be inherited in an autosomal recessive or multifactorial manner.
Last updated: 6/12/2015
What is a couple's chance of having additional children with jejunal atresia if they have already had one child with the condition?
The recurrence risk of isolated jejunal atresia (not associated with additional symptoms) for unaffected and unrelated parents is unclear as no extensive family studies on the condition exist. However, for more personalized information about your risk of having another child with jejunal atresia, we recommend you schedule a genetics consultation. Genetics clinics are a source of information 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 help you find a genetics professional in your community:
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.
Last updated: 6/14/2015
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