East Bay

Familial Dysautonomia Prevention and Education Program

(510) 654-5882 [email protected]
Past President, FD Hope Michael Rancer 510-654-5882 [email protected]

F.D. is a progressive and fatal genetic disease found almost exclusively among Ashkenazi Jews. Its frequency is similar to that of Tay-Sachs. Prospective Jewish parents should be tested at qualified laboratories to determine if they are carriers. When both parents are carriers, there is a 25 percent chance that they will conceive a child with this rare and deadly disease. Carrier testing is now available at Kaiser health centers and other private laboratories.