What is Riley-Day syndrome?
Riley-Day syndrome is a genetic condition that affects the body’s nerves. Riley-Day syndrome is also referred to as familial dysautonomia or FD. The nerves it affects control involuntary body functions. These functions include digestion, breathing, making tears, regulating blood pressure, and regulating body temperature. The senses can also be affected, including taste and feeling pain, heat, and cold. Riley-Day syndrome is mostly seen in people with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. Symptoms of Riley-Day syndrome are lifelong. Infants borns with Riley-Day syndrome have about a 50% chance of living to 40 years of age. To find out more about Riley-Day syndrome, people can visit the Dysautonomia Foundation, Inc website. People can also talk to a health care provider who specializes in inherited diseases called a medical geneticist or a genetic counselor to learn more about Riley-Day syndrome. A medical geneticist can be found by going to the American College of Medical Genetics "Find a Member" website. A genetic counselor can be found by searching the "Find a Counselor" page on the National Society of Genetic Counselors website.
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