- WAGR/11p Deletion Syndrome is SO rare, that there are only a few hundred documented cases in the WORLD. http://www.wagr.org/images/WAGR_Syndrome_Chapter_59_revised_upload_5_17_11.pdf When you consider that "in the United States, the Rare Diseases Act of 2002 defines rare disease strictly as "any disease or condition that affects less than 200,000 persons in the United States," or about 1 in 1,500 people, then you might say WAGR/11p Deletion is "uber-rare".
- WAGR/11p Deletion Syndrome is named for it's characteristics that manifest in people with the syndrome:
- W: Wilms Tumor
- A: Aniridia
- G: Genital Abnormalities
- R: Range of Developmental Delays
- The International WAGR Syndrome Association holds an annual event called WAGR Weekend during which families with WAGR come from all around the United States, and the world, to spend a weekend together and have peace in knowing that they are not alone. WAGR Weekend is a life changing event for many families. http://www.wagr.org/wagrweekendevents.html
- In 2011, the IWSA announced a name change for WAGR Syndrome, and advocated calling it WAGR/11p Deletion Syndrome. Much of the recent research has revealed that WAGR/11p Deletion involves a wider range of deletions on the 11th chromosome, so the broader name WAGR/11p Deletion more accurately depicts what is happening with the people who have it. http://www.wagr.org/iwsanamechangenotice.html Even more will be learned about WAGR/11p Deletion (jeepers, it was easier to type when it was just WAGR :) ) with the acceptance of the IWSA into the Global Rare Disease Registry which should launch within the next year. "The goal of the GRDR is to create a resource of de-identified patient information from rare disease registries to help facilitate research and clinical trials; analyses of data across many disorders; and ultimately drug and therapies development for millions of rare disease patients. Long-term goals involve development of open-science principles and a sustainable resource funded and supported by private-public partnerships." (accessed at http://www.wagr.org/latestiwsanews.html on 11/18/2013).
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