Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Panel (AJGP) - What Are Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Diseases?
Ashkenazi Jewish genetic diseases are a group of rare disorders that
occur more often in people of Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jewish heritage than
in the general population. Even though most of these diseases are severe and
life-limiting, some can be treated to reduce symptoms and prolong life. Some of
these diseases can be found during pregnancy through
chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or
amniocentesis. This testing is done usually if one or
both parents are carriers of a genetic disease.
Diseases in this
Bloom syndrome. Babies with this
disease are born small and remain shorter than normal as they grow. Their skin
may look red, and they have more lung and ear infections than children normally