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Medical Marijuana and Nail-Patella Syndrome

What Is Nail-Patella Syndrome?

Nail-patella syndrome, also known as "hood syndrome" is a genetic disorder that usually results in very small, poorly developed nails and kneecaps. This condition can also affect many other areas of the body such as the elbows, chest and the hips. The name "nail-patella" syndrome can be very misleading due to the fact that the syndrome often affects many other areas of the body, even the production of certain proteins within the body. This condition is inherited via autosomal dominancy and is linked to aberrancy on human chromosome 9's q arm. This autosomal dominancy means that only a single copy, instead of both, is sufficient for the disorder to be expressed in the offspring. This means the chance of developing the disorder from an affected heterozygous parent is 50/50.

Medical Marijuana and Nail-Patella Syndrome

Symptoms of this specific condition may result in the skeletal structures of individuals to become pronounced with noticeable deformities. The hallmark features of this syndrome are poorly developed fingernails, toenails, and patellae or kneecaps. In certain cases, this disease causes the affected person to have either no thumbnails or a small piece of thumbnail on the edge of the thumb. Other commonly-found abnormalities of this condition include elbow deformalities, abnormally shaped pelvic bones and kidney or renal disease.

Medical marijuana is a great treatment option for individuals who greatly suffer from nail-patella syndrome. Recent evidence has even shown that glaucoma is a major component of this syndrome. When medical marijuana is used as a treatment option, patients experience reduced bouts of pain, no signs of nausea, no severe muscle spasms and feel more active in order to life out their life to its fullest extent.

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