East Bay

Familial Dysautonomia Prevention and Education Program

(510) 654-5882 mrancer@comcast.net www.fdhope.org
Past president Michael Rancer mrancer@comcast.net

F.D. is a progressive and fatal genetic disease found 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.