What Is CHARGE Syndrome?

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By james
May 29, 2020
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Our genes are passed on from our parents and they determine a great deal about who we are. Sometimes, though, our genes will become mutated and this can lead to some profound changes in how we develop. Most of the time, these mutations are harmless, or even beneficial, but this is not always the case.

The mutation of certain genes can cause a number of health problems in people, as demonstrated in CHARGE syndrome. It is a congenital condition, which means that people are born with the condition. It is thankfully very rare, and heres a closer look at what it is.

1. CHARGE Syndrome

CHARGE syndrome is a condition that arises early in the development of a fetus and it is usually caused by a new mutation in the CHD7 gene. CHARGE syndrome can affect multiple organs, but the symptoms will vary from patient to patient. The death rate among children with the condition is highest in the first year, but around 70% of children born with the condition will survive the first 5 years at least. Thankfully, CHARGE syndrome is a very rare condition, with around 0.1 children having the condition in every 10,000 births. The conditions name is an acronym that has been made using the first letters of some of its most telling symptoms.

CHARGE Syndrome

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