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hypohidrosis); various skin problems; and other symptoms. Different types of ectodermal dysplasias are caused by mutations in different genes, and can be inherited in a variety of ways. There are no cures for ED, but many treatments are available to address the individual symptoms.Ectodermal dysplasias (ED) are a group of about 150 heritable disorders that affect the ectoderm, a layer of tissue that contributes to the formation of many parts of the body, including the skin, sweat glands, hair, teeth, and nails. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include dental abnormalities; brittle, sparse or absent hair; abnormal fingernails; inability to perspire (
Last updated: 5/23/2016
- About Ectodermal Dysplasias. National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias. http://nfed.org/index.php/about_ed/about-ectodermal-dysplasias. Accessed 5/23/2016.
- Ectodermal dysplasia. MedlinePlus. July 23, 2015; https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001469.htm.
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- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has a report for patients and families about this condition. NORD is a patient advocacy organization for individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.
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- The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
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