Chromosome 6 Deletions:
A chromosome 6 deletion is a rare disorder in which some of the genetic material that makes up one of the body’s 46 chromosomes – specifically chromosome 6 in this case – is missing. Like most other chromosome disorders, this increases the risk of birth defects, developmental delay and learning difficulties. Exactly what those problems are in each case can vary wildly depending on what genetic material is missing. Even those cases with the same or similar breaks may experience drastically different effects.
The most comprehensive site we have found on the subject of chromosome 6 disorders is from an organization known as Unique: The Rare Chromosome Disorder Support Group out of Great Britain. While they make sure to mention consulting a qualified clinician in all matters relating to genetic diagnosis, management and health, it has been our experience that very few, if any, doctors out there right now have much experience with chromosome 6 cases. The most helpful information you will find is through support groups, like Marie Montroy’s original Yahoo Chromosome 6 Deletion Syndrome group, and others now available through social networking sites like Facebook.
(Some information above ©Unique 2007)