Chediak Higashi Syndrome
National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.
- Begnez-Cesar's Syndrome
- Chediak-Steinbrinck-Higashi Syndrome
- Leukocytic Anomaly Albinism
- Natural Killer Lymphocytes, Defect in
- Oculocutaneous Albinism, Chediak-Higashi Type
Chediak-Higashi syndrome (CHS) is a rare, inherited, complex, immune disorder of childhood (usually) characterized by abnormally pale skin and eyes (oculocutaneous albinism). Because the patient's white blood cells (leukocytes) are profoundly affected, especially in their capacity to transport cellular proteins, immune disorders are common, along with an increased susceptibility to infections. In addition, CHS patients tend to bruise and bleed easily. Neurological deficits are also common.
CHS is transmitted as an autosomal recessive trait.
National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation
PO Box 959
East Hempstead, NH 03826-0959
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Office of Communications and Government Relations
6610 Rockledge Drive, MSC 6612
Bethesda, MD 20892-6612
International Patient Organization for Primary Immunodeficiencies
Firside Main Road
Cornwall, PL11 3LE
Jeffrey Modell Foundation
780 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
European Society for Immunodeficiencies
1-3 rue de Chantepoulet
Geneva, CH 1211
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Last Updated: 2/18/2009
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