Did You Know? CCD occurs in 1 in 1 million children worldwide
People with CCD Often Have Recurrent Chest, Sinus and Ear Infections
Cleidocranial Dysplasia (CCD) is a genetic condition characterized by defective development of the cranial bones, complete or partial absence of the clavicles, and other distinctive characteristics that will be discussed in this article. This article will also discuss diagnosis and treatment of CCD.
01 | Diagnosing CCD
With high-risk pregnancies, Cleidocranial Dysplasia can be diagnosed before birth by testing DNA taken from the fetus. DNA can be obtained by:
Sometimes CCD can be observed during an ultrasound, but in many cases, if amniocentesis or CVS is not performed, the disease will not be detected until after the infant’s birth, and will be diagnosed based on the results of imaging tests and physical examination. DNA testing of the RUNX2 genes will likely be ordered for a conclusive diagnosis of CCD.
02 | Characteristics
The symptoms of CCD vary from one patient to another and may include the following:
03 | Treatment
People with CCD have a normal life expectancy and can lead fulfilling lives if they receive focused care for their condition. Treatment may include:
Patients can lead active, healthy lives; however, due to their different appearance, children may be prone to feeling isolated in school and in public. It is important for parents and others to provide support so that young CCD patients can thrive.
For more information on helping children with CCD, please visit: http://www.ccakids.com/