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Worster Drought syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Congenital suprabulbar paresis
  • Suprabulbar paresis congenital
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Our son has Worster-Drought syndrome.  What is the liklihood of our daughter passing on the syndrome to any of her future children?

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If an individual has Worster-Drought syndrome, what is the chance that a relative could also be affected?

In most instances, only one individual in a family is affected by Worster-Drought syndrome (WDS).  Approximately 15% of individuals with WDS may develop this condition due to a genetic cause; this percentage is based on descriptions of a few families with multiple affected relatives.[1][2]  The particular gene or genes associated with WDS have not been identified and the pattern of inheritance in not known,[2] which makes it difficult to determine the exact chance that a relative of an individual with WDS could also be affected.
Last updated: 5/2/2013

  • Clark M, Harris R, Jolleff N, Price K, Neville BG. Worster-Drought syndrome: poorly recognized despite severe and persistent difficulties with feeding and speech. Developmental medicine and child neurology. 2010; 52:27-32. Accessed 5/1/2013.
  • Clark M, Neville BG. Familial and genetic associations in Worster-Drought syndrome and perisylvian disorders. American journal of medical genetics Part A. 2008; 146A:35-42. Accessed 5/1/2013.