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Neuropathy, Hereditary Sensory, Type II

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Congenital Sensory Neuropathy
  • Hereditary Sensory and Autonomic Neuropathy, Type II (HSAN Type II)
  • HSAN II
  • Hereditary Sensory Radicular Neuropathy, Autosomal Recessive
  • Radicular Neuropathy, Sensory, Recessive
  • Neuropathy, Progressive Sensory, of Children
  • Sensory Radicular Neuropathy, Recessive
  • Acroosteolysis, Neurogenic
  • Acroosteolysis, Giaccai Type
  • Morvan Disease

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

The hereditary sensory neuropathies (HSN) include 4-6 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 types of HSN are related to or identical with some forms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder, and others are related to or identical with familial dysautonomia (Riley-Day syndrome). The classification of the HSNs is complicated, and the experts do not always agree on it.

Hereditary sensory neuropathy type II (HSN2) is a rare genetic disorder that usually begins in childhood by affecting the nerves that serve the lower arms and hands and the lower legs and feet (the peripheral nerves). Symptoms start with inflamed fingers or toes especially around the nails. Infection is common and worsens as ulcers (open sores) form on the fingers and on the soles of the feet. The loss of sensation in both hands and feet often leads to neglect of the wounds. This can become serious, even leading to amputation in extreme cases, so it is important to care for any such wounds.

The disorder affects many of the body's systems, is characterized by early onset (infancy or early childhood) and is transmitted genetically as an autosomal recessive trait.

Resources

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
Tel: (914)997-4488
Fax: (914)997-4763
Tel: (888)663-4637
Email: Askus@marchofdimes.com
Internet: http://www.marchofdimes.com

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/

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

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/

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Last Updated:  8/17/2007
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