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27 Cards in this Set

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x-linked inheritance
expressed in female offspring if dominant, always expressed in male offspring, never passed from father to son
x-linked dominant inheritance
Single copy of mutant allele will affect female phenotype

Never passes from father to son

All daughters of an affected male and a normal female are affected

All sons of an affected male and normal female are normal

males are more severely affected (may be lethal)

few described (Vitamin D-independent rickets)
softening and weakening of the bones
x-linked recessive inheritance
seen in males, females are carriers, most x-linked disorders are recessive
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Most common type

Dystrophin required form muscles cells and structural support- w/o it, membrane becomes permeable, extracellular components enter the cell, increasing internal pressure until muscle cell explodes

Gower's sign, Pseduohypertrophy of calf muscles, and cardiomyopathy
Gower's sign

use arms to push themselves erect by moving hands up their thighs
Pseudohypertrophy of calf muscles
replacement of muscle fibers w/ fibroadipose tissue
Hemophilia A
Deficiency of Factor VIII

Potential for severe bleeding

Arthritis d/t hemorrhage into joint capsule

Treated w/ Factor VIII infusions
Fragile X syndrome
*Most common form of inherited mental retardation

Caused by expansion of CGG

Fragile site represents a specific locus on chromosome that breaks easiliy

Increased head circumference
Joint hyperextensibility
Heat valve abnormalities
Profound mental retardation
Mitochondrial diseases
mutation in mitochondrial genome

affects: nervous, skeletal, heart because they need the most ATP

All vertebrae mitochondria are inherited from mother
Multifactoral Inheritance
Results from additive effects of several abnormal genes and envrionmental factors

Multiple genes interact w/ various envrionmental factors to produce disease in an individual patient

Based on # of mutant genes

Influenced by environment

More severe the defect, greater risk of transmission to offspring

sexual preference
Prenatal diagnosis
amniocentesis and chorionic villus biopsy

indications: age 35+, familial hx, translocation of carrier
Prematurity and Intrauterine Growth Retardation
Predispostion: maternal illness, uterine/cervical incompetence, fetal disorder, placental abnormality

IUGR: impairment of maternal health and nutrition; interference w/ placental circulation/function; disturbance of development
Lung Maturity
Type 2 pneumocytes provide pulmonary surfactant (made of phospholipids)

Maturity tested by measuring surfactant in amniocentesis
lowers surface tension of alveoli a low lung volumes and thereby prevents collapse of alveoli during expiration
Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Leading cause of morbidity and mortality in premature infants

Deficiency of surfactant
Fetal liver
conspicious extramedullary hematopoiesis

lack of glucuronyl transferase enzyme

inability of liver to conjugate bilirubin leading to neonatal jaundice
APGAR score
assessment taken 1-5 minutes after birth

higher score = healthier baby (out of 10)

A: appearance
P: pulse
G: grimace
A: activity
R: respiration
RH Isoimmunization
Development of maternal antibodies to fetal RBC antigen following exposure to antigen from fetus in pregnancy

Results from "D" antigen

1st pregnancy: during delivery mother is exposed to fetal blood, developing antibodies

Subsequent pregnancy: small amounts of fetal D antigen cross causing maternal response

Condition of fetus determined by amount of antibody transferred across placenta, ability of fetus to replace RBCs that were destroyed
lu dou
clear heat & toxins
Hydrops fetalis
Elevated hemolysis leading to significant anemia

Severe edema and congestive HF
Kernicterus/Bilirubin Encephalopathy
Severe jaundice w/ bile staining on the brain

Unconjugated bilirubin injures cellsof brain by interfering w/ mitochondrial function

Treated using exchange transfusions and phototherapy

Prevented by dosing Rh- mother w/ anti-D globulin 72 hrs before pregnancy
Birth Injury
Poor obstetric manipulation

routine delivery

cephalopelvic disproportion; shoulder dystocia



Breech Presentation
Sudden death of child w/ unexpected medical hx, post mortem exam fails to demonstrate adequate cause of death

Leading cause of death during 1st year of life beyond neonatal period
SIDS: maternal risks
black race
Age < 20 w/ 1st pregnancy
Cigarette smoker
Illicit drug user
SIDS: infant risks
low birth weight
illness (GI) 2 wks before death
Subsequent siblings of SIDS victims
Survivors of an apparent life threatening event
di fu zi
promote diuresis / treat stranguria