Flynn Aird Syndrome
Type of disease: Rare conditions
Flynn-Aird syndrome is a very rare disorder affecting the nerves, skin, bones and glands. It has been reported in ten individuals from five generations of the same family. It includes eye abnormalities (also visit: cataracts, retinitis pigmentosa, and myopia or nearsightedness), deafness caused by an abnormality in the nerves of the ear (sensorineural deafness), difficulty controlling muscle movements (ataxia), epilepsy (type of seizures), loss of mental abilities (dementia), skin problems and excessive cavities of the teeth (dental carries). It can also include loss of muscle mass (atrophy), stiffness of the joints, cysts (non-cancerous lumps) of the bone. Since this condition has been seen in multiple family members generation after generation, it appears to be inherited in an autosomal dominant way (this means that an error or mistake in the genetic code is being passed through family members; an affected family member has a 50% chance of passing it on to each of their children). Flynn-Aird syndrome has some similarities to other syndromes (also visit: Werner syndrome; Refsum disease; Cockayne syndrome).