Blog: Combating Wolfram Syndrome
The Blog of Dr Fumihiko Urano, Principal Researcher
University of Washington, Saint Louis, MO
The Wolfram Syndrome International Registry
Wolfram Syndrome is so rare, it occurs only in approximately 1 in 700,000 people. When Ellie was diagnosed, she was the only one in Colorado with the Wolfram Syndrome. Wolfram Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder linked to diabetes. Symptoms include vision and hearing loss and life-threatening respiratory problems. The average life expectancy is 30 years. Wolfram Syndrome is inherited as an autosomal recessive condition. Both parents carry one abnormal copy of the Wolfram gene, and one normal copy. For a child to be affected, he has to inherit two abnormal copies, one from each parent.
There is no known treatment for Wolfram Syndrome beyond managing the resulting complications. Life expectancy of the average person suffering from this syndrome is about thirty years.