Wolf-Hirschhorn (4p) Syndrome
Genetic Disorder Assignment - SeeJay Padilla
What is Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome?
What causes this disorder, and where does it occur?
The chromosome that this disorder occurs on chromosome 4. Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome is caused by a deletion of genetic material near the end of the short (p) arm of chromosome 4.
What are the symptoms?
The population affected by this disorder?
Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome affects both genders, however, it happens almost twice as much in females, than males.
What will the patients need, and life expectancy?
21% of these children die within the first two years after birth. Though most can live out their lives. Some recorded ages of the children were in their 30's and 40's though life expectancies have been getting longer than recorded in the 60's and 70's.
Prevention and cures?
The disorder has no cure, but there are treatments for the seizures, like valproic acid. Standard care should be provided for skeletal anomalies, heart defects, and hearing loss.