Tracy Dudding

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BACKGROUND Congenital nonprogressive spinocerebellar ataxia is characterized by early gross motor delay, hypotonia, gait ataxia, mild dysarthria and dysmetria. The clinical presentation remains fairly stable and may be associated with cerebellar atrophy. To date, only a few families with autosomal dominant congenital nonprogressive spinocerebellar ataxia(More)
BACKGROUND Most patients with pure nonprogressive congenital cerebellar ataxia have a sporadic form of unknown heredity and etiology. Several small families have been reported with a dominantly inherited nonprogressive congenital ataxia (NPCA). METHODS The authors ascertained and clinically characterized a four-generation pedigree segregating an autosomal(More)
This multicentre study examined uptake of bilateral risk-reducing mastectomy (BRRM) and bilateral risk-reducing oophorectomy (BRRO) in women at increased risk for breast and/or ovarian cancer who had attended a familial cancer clinic (FCC) between January 1999 and June 2000. Eligible women (N=396), were mailed a questionnaire assessing: BRRM and BRRO(More)
Smith-Magenis syndrome (SMS) is a complex syndrome involving intellectual disabilities, sleep disturbance, behavioural problems, and a variety of craniofacial, skeletal, and visceral anomalies. While the majority of SMS cases harbor an ~3.5 Mb common deletion on 17p11.2 that encompasses the retinoic acid induced-1 (RAI1) gene, some patients carry small(More)
To measure the effectiveness of a tailored decision aid (DA) designed to help women make informed decisions about genetic testing for breast/ovarian cancer risk. A total of 145 women were randomized to receive the DA or a control pamphlet at the end of their first genetic counseling consultation. Of these, 120 (82.8%) completed two questionnaires, 1 week(More)
BACKGROUND Adverse pregnancy outcomes have been related to environmental and/or genetic factors. Of interest are genes associated with the clotting system as any perturbation in the balance of thrombotic and thrombolytic cascades could affect the placental circulation and hence the viability of the developing fetus. Several previous reports using relatively(More)
Familial gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs) are rare but otherwise well-characterized tumour syndromes, most commonly occurring on a background of germline-activating mutations in the tyrosine kinase receptor c-KIT. The associated clinical spectrum reflects the constitutive activation of this gene product across a number of cell lines, generating(More)
Mutations in alpha- and beta-tubulins are increasingly recognized as a major cause of malformations of cortical development (MCD), typically lissencephaly, pachygyria and polymicrogyria; however, sequencing tubulin genes in large cohorts of MCD patients has detected tubulin mutations in only 1-13%. We identified patients with a highly characteristic(More)
Four cases with multiple patches of nevoid hypertrichosis have been reported. This fifth patient had multiple patches of nevoid hypertrichosis that underwent almost complete spontaneous resolution. Areas of unaffected skin showed depigmentation that followed the lines of Blaschko.
Little research is available on the level of knowledge about ovarian cancer risk management options in women at increased risk for this disease. The study objectives were to evaluate this together with the information and ovarian cancer risk management preferences of high-risk women. One hundred and twenty-nine women were assessed after their attendance at(More)