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    Hereditary Sensory Neuropathy Type I

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    Synonyms

    Disorder Subdivisions

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    General Discussion

    Summary
    Hereditary sensory neuropathy type I (HSN1) belongs to a group of similar but distinct genetic disorders characterized by abnormalities affecting the nerves, especially of those of the hands and feet. These degenerative disorders of the nervous system (neurodegenerative disorders) are slowly progressive and predominantly affect the sensory nerves, which frequently leads to loss of feeling (sensation) in the hands and feet. This sensory loss is due to abnormal functioning of the sensory nerves that control responses to pain and temperature and may also affect the autonomic nervous system that controls other involuntary or automatic body processes. Specific symptoms can vary widely from one person to another. HSN1 occurs due to mutations in specific genes and is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. There are several subtypes of HSN1 designated A through E, each one associated with a different gene.

    Introduction
    The hereditary sensory neuropathies (HSNs), also known as the hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathies, include at least six similar, but distinct inherited degenerative disorders of the nervous system (neurodegenerative) that frequently progress to loss of feeling, especially in the hands and feet. Some of these disorders have several subtypes based upon the specific associated genes. The classification of the HSNs is complicated, and the experts do not always agree on it. Furthermore, HSNs are classified more broadly as peripheral neuropathies or disorders of the peripheral nervous system, which encompasses all of the nerves outside of the central nervous system. NORD's Rare Disease Database has separate reports on HSN2, HSN3 (which is related to, or identical with familial dysautonomia), and HSN4.

    Resources

    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
    TDD: (301)468-5981
    Internet: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/

    Neuropathy Association
    60 East 42nd Street
    Suite 942
    New York, NY 10165
    USA
    Tel: (212)692-0662
    Fax: (212)692-0668
    Email: info@neuropathy.org
    Internet: http://www.neuropathy.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
    TDD: (888)205-3223
    Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

    Center for Peripheral Neuropathy
    University of Chicago
    5841 South Maryland Ave, MC 2030
    Chicago, IL 60637
    Tel: (773)702-5659
    Fax: (773)702-5577
    Internet: http://peripheralneuropathycenter.uchicago.edu/

    Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy
    485 Half Day Road
    Suite 200
    Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
    Tel: (847)883-9942
    Fax: (847)883-9960
    Tel: (877)833-9942
    Email: info@tffpn.org
    Internet: http://www.foundationforpn.org

    For a Complete Report:

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

    The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

    It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

    This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

    For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

    Last Updated: 7/11/2014
    Copyright 1991, 1999, 2004, 2014 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

    WebMD Medical Reference from the National Organization for Rare Disorders

    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
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