Barth Syndrome By: Grace Ghost

As shown in this picture Barth Syndrome is typically reveled at infancy.

These are children who have Barth Syndrome

Barth Syndrome Foundation is a proud supporter of these disease, and is looking for ways to help out these children.

This is the Barth Syndrome foundation Logo

Barth Syndrome is a X- Linked disease that is transmitted to the son from the mother. This disease is typically found in males and has no common ethnic group.

This is a picture of what an enlarged heart looks like, and if your child has barth syndrome is can be what their heart can look like.

This disease is when your heart is enlarged and weakened. Barth syndrome can be identified while the child is an infant.

Many people are affected by Barth syndrome and all the people in the picture above have this disease.

Something that can cause this disease is called a tafazzin gene. The tafazzin gene is a gene that codes for protein, it affects the cardiac, and skeletal muscles.

Since there is no cure for this disease there is no real treatment for this issue. For all the parents that are learning that your child has this disease the best thing you could do is watch it and take your child to the doctor. Since there is no treatment all the parents are able to do is watch for the signs which are:

  • Heart and muscle weakness
  • Skeletal muscle disorders
  • low levels of white blood cells
  • Increased body acid in the organs
  • Frequent illness

You should see these signs while your child is an infant, because that is when the disease has been most often to show up. There is no real assistance needed since there is no cure. Parents are usually told what to watch for, and how to care for their child, and they can monitor on their own.

This is an X-Linked recessive disease. The male population is affected, but females are carriers for this disease, and often hand it off to her children.

This is a scenario when the mother is a carrier, and will hand off the disease to two of her children.

Can this disease be prevented? No it is bound to happen if the woman is a carrier. But life will go on, and they will be able to live their life, and have children. Their children just risk the chance of having barth syndrome.

Barth Syndrome is making advances looking for a way to treat this disease unfortunately they have not been able to find a treatment.

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