The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences describes 1q44 Microdeletion Syndrome as a newly described syndrome associated with facial dysmorphism, developmental delay, in particular of expressive speech, seizures and decreased muscle tone.
The prevalence of this disease is less than one in one million, with its onset appearing during infancy and the syndrome only being diagnosed in four unrelated patients, to date. It has been identified/diagnosed using comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) microarray, is a technique used to detect chromosomal copy number changes on a high-resolution scale. Organizations like Chromosome Disorder Outreach and Unique: Understanding Rare Chromosome and Gene Disorders are helpful resources in finding communities already supporting the cause, and vetting out ways to get help that will hopefully improve the quality of life of patients and families living with the experience of this disorder.
There is still a lot of research lacking in our understanding of this disorder as well as how to help those who experience it. It doesn’t matter how small the community is. One person alone deserves research and aid, so why not help these patients? To learn more, visit the links in the episode transcription and do what you can to help organizations working towards solutions through volunteering, donating, and whatever other ways you’ve got.
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This was Rare Disease Daily #20, 1q44 Microdeletion Syndrome.
I’m yannick-robin. Thank you for your time.