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Ataxia telangictasia



Inheritance of faulty gene from both parents


Poor co-ordination, prominent blood vessels in the sclera

Mortality Rate

50% chance of death by age 25


Monitoring of immune system, lungs and eating habits

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Ataxia telangiectasia is a rare genetic disease that causes multiple symptoms related to poor co-ordination, abnormal blood vessels and a compromised immune system.

There is no treatment for ataxia telangiectasia and management focuses on monitoring and treating the specific risks posed by the condition, such as lung infections.

In The C WordEmily Lawson has inherited more than two copies of the faulty gene from her parents, giving her a similar but unique condition.

Ataxia telangiectasia at Wikipedia

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