Familial Dysautonomia (FD) is a serious chronic illness that affects the autonomic nervous system, as well as the sensory nervous system and the motor system.
The illness impacts different bodily systems and is expressed by a lack of coordination and control over various functions of the body, including digestion, blood pressure, body temperature regulation, balance, breathing, skeletal damage, muscles, kidneys, eyes and more.
People with FD suffer from fits of vomiting and nausea accompanied by fever and extreme changes in blood pressure that may last for hours, days or even weeks.
The disease is hereditary and can be transmitted to the child from two healthy parents who carry the gene. A couple that is planning to have children can check if they are carriers for the gene through genetic testing that is covered in The Healthcare Basket.

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Paramedical Treatments and Diagnoses for Children (Child Development Services)

  • Since November 2010, FD has been officially recognized as a somatic developmental disorder.
  • According to The National Health Insurance Law, children with somatic disorders are entitled to receive multi-disciplinary diagnostic and treatment services at a child development center, which are provided or paid for by their health plan. These services are provided until the child reaches the age of 18, according to need.
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Specialized Medical Services

  • Those with FD are entitled to medical services at a treatment center specializing in treating the disease.
  • For more information, see: Specialized Medical Service.

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