Dysautonomia, Familial

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Disorder Subdivisions

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General Discussion

Familial dysautonomia is a rare genetic disorder of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) that primarily affects people of Eastern European Jewish heritage. It is characterized by diminished sensitivity to pain, lack of overflow tearing in the eyes, a decrease in the number of knob-like projections that cover the tongue (fungiform papillae), unusual fluctuations of body temperature, and unstable blood pressure. Symptoms of this disorder are apparent at birth. The autonomic nervous system controls vital involuntary body functions.

Supporting Organizations

Dysautonomia Foundation, Inc.

315 W 39th St
Suite 701
New York, NY 10018
Tel: (212)279-1066
Fax: (212)279-2066
Email: info@famdys.org
Website: http://www.familialdysautonomia.org

Dysautonomia Foundation, Inc., Toronto Chapter

250 Franklin Avenue
Ontario, L4J 7K5
Tel: 9058827725
Fax: 9057647752
Website: http://www.familialdysautonomia.org

Dysautonomia Youth Network of America, Inc.

1301 Greengate Court
Waldorf, OR 20601
Tel: (301)705-6995
Fax: (301)638-3962
Email: info@dynakids.org
Website: http://www.dynakids.org

Familial Dysautonomia Hope Foundation

121 S. Estes Dr., Suite 205D
Chapell Hill, NC 27514
Tel: (919)969-1414
Email: info@fdhope.org
Website: http://www.fdhope.org

Familial Dysautonomia Now Foundation

1170 Green Knolls Drive
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Tel: (847)913-0455
Fax: (847)913-8589
Email: fdnow@comcast.net
Website: http://www.fdnow.org

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
Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

March of Dimes

1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
Tel: (914)997-4488
Fax: (914)997-4763
Email: AskUs@marchofdimes.org or preguntas@nacersano.org
Website: http://www.marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org

NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
Tel: (301)496-5751
Fax: (301)402-2186
Tel: (800)352-9424
Website: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/

National Dysautonomia Research Foundation

PO Box 301
Red Wing, MN 55066-0102
Tel: (651)327-0367
Email: ndrf@ndrf.org
Website: http://www.ndrf.org

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Last Updated:  8/17/2007
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