Patient Friendly Resources
New CDG CARE Grant Program Now Available!
We are excited to announce the launch of the CDG CARE Family Travel Grant Program. The first grant that is available through this program is to support a CDG family from the USA to attend the 3rd World CDG Conference in Belgium this July. We are currently accepting applications April 1 through May 31, 2017. You can download and complete the application for this program HERE.
Later this year, CDG CARE will launch the Family Assistance Grant Program. These grants will be available to CDG families seeking financial assistance for expenses that are not traditionally covered by insurance, including but not limited to, treatments, services, therapeutic equipment, communication aids, supplies or other eligible expenses that will improve the overall quality of life for the individual diagnosed with CDG.
In full collaboration with CDG families and professionals around the world, the Portuguese Association for CDG has many resources in different languages now available! We sincerely thank and acknowledge all of the volunteers who helped create these materials and are grateful to offer them as important resources to our global CDG Community.
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First World CDG Conference Videos
Copyright © BIOcomuniCA’T. “First World CDG Conference”, an event coordinated by the Portuguese Association for CDG in partnership with associations and/or country CDG patient advocates. Videos sponsored by FoG (Canada). All rights reserved.
First World CDG Conference Summary
Copyright © Authors: Mercedes Serrano (neurologist at Metabolic Guide and ePACIBARD project coordinator), Maria Antonia Vilaseca (Content Coordinator at Metabolic Guide) and Vanessa Ferreira (President and founder of the Portuguese Association for CDG and related Rare Metabolic Diseases). English Version Correction and Revision: Jaak Jaeken (Emeritus Professor at the KU Leuven, Belgium). All rights reserved.
© Hospital Sant Joan de Déu. Guia metabolica. All rights reserved.
Practical Guide for CDG Families
Copyright © Author and coordinator: Vanessa Ferreira (Associação Portuguesa CDG e outras Doenças Metabólicas Raras). Revision of overall English translation and content: Donna Krasnewich M.D., Ph.D. (Program Director, NIGMS, NIH, USA). All rights reserved.
CDG Awareness Kit
Copyright © Authors: Vanessa Ferreira (President and founder of the Portuguese Association for CDG and related Rare Metabolic Diseases), Bas Holten (CDG advocate Netherlands) and Andrea Berarducci (CDG CARE President, Community and Parent Representative). All rights reserved.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many cases of CDG are known worldwide?
We have no exact figures but the published cases figure around 600 for the N-glycosylation disorders. There are many more patients reported with a known O-glycosylation disorder (multiple exostoses, Walker-Warburg syndrome, muscle-eye brain disease, etc) but again it is very difficult to obtain exact figures. All together (known and unknown CDG) I guess that an incidence of 1 in 5000 births may be a minimum estimate. Responder: – Jaak Jaeken, MD, Ph.D. 07/27/11
How many cases of CDG are known in the United States?
In the United States, my guess is that there are close to 175 cases. In the past 16 months, I have heard about 35 affected children that I didn’t know about before. Because there is no registry, this number is difficult to estimate. Many children are doing well and their physicians are taking excellent care of them, therefore, these families may not come to the attention of the organized CDG community. Responder: – Donna Krasnewich M.D., Ph.D. 08/24/11
What is a stroke-like episode?
A stroke-like episode is an acute event that very much resembles a stroke. A stroke is a sudden loss of consciousness due to an acute vascular disturbance caused by the rupture of an artery in the brain or its obstruction by a blood clot (embolism or thrombosis); we think that in CDG these episodes are due to a transient local thickening of blood. It can present in several ways: drowsiness, dulness, subcoma, coma, paralysis (on one side(hemiparesis, hemiplegia) or on both sides), loss of vision.
Are there ever any long lasting effects?
These episodes can last for hours, days or sometimes even longer. However, the positive thing is that, as a rule, they are transient.
What action should parents take during one of these episodes?
Action to be taken: measure body temperature and ask your (or another) physician to examine your child as soon as possible in order to make the diagnosis and to take appropriate measures.
Who is likely to have a stroke-like episode and when are they likely to occur?
In the CDG field all the patients with CDG-Ia have an increased risk for thrombosis because their blood platelets have an increased tendency to stick together and to stick to the wall of blood vessels; for the other CDG-I patients this risk is probably also increased but this has not yet formally been proven also because we know only a small number of these patients. These episodes are most likely to occur on occasion of an infection (viral or bacterial); so these episodes are often accompanied by fever.
Is there a suggested therapy to prevent of help these episodes?
Medical treatment and prevention are possible but it is up to the treating physician to decide about the treatment.
What is the difference between a stroke-like episode and a seizure?
A seizure is the expression of an abnormal electrical activity in the brain (stroke is a vascular problem) but can resemble very much a stroke. Other words for “seizures” are “epilepsy” and “convulsions”.