Nearly one in 10 Americans lives with a disease that’s so rare it is difficult to diagnose and there is virtually no funding for a treatment or cure.
There are at least 7,000 disorders that fall into that category, according to the National Organization of Rare Diseases.
ABC News Health held a tweet chat to raise awareness for these so-called “orphan” diseases. In case you missed it, here’s the gist in just seven tweets.
A rare disease is defined as occurring in less than 200,000 people nationwide. #abcdrbchat— Children's Hospital (@ChildrensPgh) February 17, 2015
T1. Any disease w/chances of 1:1000000 is a rare disease. My daughter has Chronic Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyelitis (CRMO) #abcDrBchat— Adam R (@NerdDruggist) February 17, 2015
The good news is genetic and understanding of rare diseases is improving and allows for focused therapy and improved control #abcdrbchat— Tom Jones (@TomCalvinJones) February 17, 2015