Chromosome 21 Ring

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It is possible that the main title of the report Chromosome 21 Ring is not the name you expected.

Disorder Subdivisions

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General Discussion

Chromosome 21 Ring is a rare chromosomal disorder in which the affected infant has a breakage of chromosome 21 at both ends, and the ends of the chromosome join together to form a ring. The amount of genetic material lost at the two ends of the chromosome may vary. As a result, an infant with very little absent genetic material may have no apparent symptoms while an infant with a significant part of the chromosomal ends missing may have many symptoms. When symptoms of the disorder are present, the affected infant may have mental retardation as well as abnormalities of the face, eyes, skeleton, and/or internal organs.

Supporting Organizations

Chromosome Disorder Outreach, Inc.

P.O. Box 724
Boca Raton, FL 33429-0724
Tel: (561)395-4252
Fax: (561)395-4252

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311

UNIQUE - Rare Chromosome Disorder Support Group

G1 The Stables
Station Road West
Oxted, RH8 9EE
United Kingdom
Tel: 0044 (0)1883 723356

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Last Updated:  4/10/2009
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