DHDDS-related disorders (including congenital disorder of glycoslylation/retinitis pigmentosa 59)

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of related disorders that affect the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye. RP can be caused by a variety of genes and inherited in different ways; one of those genes is CERKL. The first symptom of RP is often difficulty seeing in low light settings (night blindness), which usually occurs during childhood or adolescence. Vision loss continues over years or decades and is progressive. Many individuals with RP are legally blind by adulthood, though the severity of symptoms and age of onset varies by individual. Sometimes, variants in DHDDS are associated with developmental and epileptic encephalopathy (DEE), which is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion.

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Quick facts about DHDDS-related disorders (including congenital disorder of glycoslylation/retinitis pigmentosa 59)
Genes: DHDDS

A quick genetics rundown

As humans we have about 23,000 genes. These genes are like tiny instruction manuals that influence our health, growth and development. We inherit half of our genes from our biological mum and the other half from our biological dad. These genes are lined up on structures called chromosomes. Most of us have 23 pairs of chromosomes. The first 22 pairs are called autosomes and for the most part - these are the same among men and women. The 23rd pair determine our sex - two X chromosomes for a female and one X and one Y chromosome for males.

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How is DHDDS-related disorders (including congenital disorder of glycoslylation/retinitis pigmentosa 59) inherited?

What is carrier screening?

Carrier testing is like a checkup for your genes. It tests to see if you carry a gene variation that could cause a serious genetic disease in your child. Eugene offers an inclusive genetic carrier screening panel that includes DHDDS-related disorders (including congenital disorder of glycoslylation/retinitis pigmentosa 59), but there's a total 301 conditions that can be tested.

Eugene’s carrier test is a clinical grade test that can be done from the comfort of your own home — it’s just a saliva test. You're also paired with a genetic counsellor who provides mindful support and guidance every step of the way.

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Should parents screen for DHDDS-related disorders (including congenital disorder of glycoslylation/retinitis pigmentosa 59) before or early in pregnancy?

The biggest benefit of screening for DHDDS-related disorders (including congenital disorder of glycoslylation/retinitis pigmentosa 59) is that it can help future parents understand their reproductive risk so they can be ready and empowered to make more informed decisions. If neither partner are carriers, it provides reassurance and peace of mind that the risk of having a child with a genetic disease is low.

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