Sudden Cardiac Arrest & Heart Attack
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Genetic test after losing my 10 years old son

Hello,

A year ago my, Ilan, my son went to sleep as any other night and in the morning we found him dead in his bed. Since that day our lives changed completely. Plus because we have another boy we found strength to carry on.

They had to make an autopsy but before the result the doctors told us that Ilan probably did from SADS (sudden arrhythmic death syndrome).

2 months after we got the results because the file was lost at the coroner's office.

Doctors requested samples to carry on a molecular autopsy to understand what exactly was the cause. After almost 6 months, we were told that the samples that we taken from my son are no good for extracting DNA as these are formalin samples and most DNA gets destroyed.

We've tried sending the samples to various labs in the UK but none of them could extract DNA.

My anger comes because the pathologist knew that this is probably a genetic problem, why didn't he keep frozen samples. Now Ramu chance of knowing what was the exact cause of death is gone as well as any chance of knowing if any of us including my younger son has that problem.

Is this negligence from the coroner's side? What can be done on that aspect and what can we do as a family to ensure we are healthy?

Thank you!

Daniel

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Hi Daniel, I am so sorry to hear about your son. Unfortunately there is very little you can do. You could persue genitic testing in UK. Unless the problem leapfrogged a generation, there should be genitic evedience in either you, your son, or your husband. Genitic testing is in its infancy and you may not even have got a definitive answer from a viable sample taken from your son. There is the 100,000 genome project taking palace in the UK at present. You should request an appointment with an expert in genitics and find out if you can be included in the project. Although I would have thought with your history, genitic testing of the family would have been mandatory. Once again sorry for your sad loss, and good luck. Hope you get some answers. James

PS Google the 100,000 genome project. If you need any information I can supply it to you.

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Thank you Jamesgui2 for your reply!

I did ask the gardiologist why not to test our DNA and his answer was that because it needs to be tested on the person that had the problem. By testing us (teh family) any result will be confusing and will not be definitive in either way that it shows.

After all that hapened, I am not sure who to trust and if he is saying this because this is true or he is trying to save money from the NHS.

I will definitely look at the 100000 Gnomes Project.

Thank you!

Daniel.

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Hi Daniel, cant go into too much detail, but what the cardiologist told you is utter nonsense.Think about that logically- how does he know the results? Testing the parents COULD reveal some occult genetic problem? There is a lot of work going on at the Royal Brompton Heart Hospital. I am at a loss as to why he told you this, as there is no more a cogent case than yours for genetic testing. I may have been slightly misleading about the 100,000 genome project . Called the 400 project in Northern Ireland. It may only be for people who are living with complex undiagnosed illnesses. But as previous, you really should insist on seeing someone involved in Genetics. Most hospitals have Professors or Consultants working in this field, and would be the way forward for you. Good luck James

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Hi Jamesgui2 , I think the best is to to request for a second opinion or directly request to see a specialist geneticist.

From what I've read in the 100.000 Genome project, it has a list of rare deseases and Cardiac arrhythmia is in the top of the list. So there could be a chance. I'll ask my GP to request participation in the project. I have nothing to loose.

Thank you for the information!

Daniel

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Great Daniel, glad I could help. Keep me posted. With good wishes James

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Sorry Daniel, your GP cannot request this. There are a number of trusts that have consultants working in genetics. Strangely even they cant request enrollment. You must see a geneticist who thenrefer you to one of the centers taking part , or you geneticist can write with your history requesting enrollment.

James

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