Ichthyoses is a hereditary disease. The skin has no, or bad liquid regulation.
The skin becomes very dry and losing much moist.
The skin around the body is very tight and losing its elasticity, which can
become very painful.
Patients whit th
is thick horn layer are perspiring badly and their body could become overheated.
The skin looks a bit like the skin of someone with serious burns, though the disease isn't infectious.
The word Ichthyoses has been distracted from the Greek word " Ichthus "
 meaning " Fish “. The disease is often know
as " fish scale-skin " disease.
So far, no a curative solution has been found for this hereditary skin disease.

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From Cell to DNA

Each person's body is built from cells.
Every cell has a core that consist of
hereditary material.

The hereditary material in the
core :  the cromosomes.

A chromosome has been built from DNA.


What is a dominant disorder and what is a recessive disorder?

Dominant disorders are the result of an error in one gene from a couple of genes.
Generally, the patient inherits the disease from one of his parents.
New genetic faults (mutations) occur as well.
In that case none of the parents have the disorder, the genetic fa
ult originates from the child.
There’s a 50% risk the child could pass on the disease to the next generation.


Recessive disorders are the result of an error in both genes from a couple of genes.
These disorders only pass on if both the father and the mother do own the divergent gene.
 There’s a 25% risk that these parents could
pass on the disease to their child.

Families with questions concerning genetics can contact one
 of the 8 centers of genetics connected to the academic hospitals.
(costs are covered by the health insurance)

Universiteit Antwerpen
Centrum Medische Genetica
Universiteitsplein 1
2610 Wilrijk
Tel. 03/820.25.70
Katholieke Universitair Leuven
Centrum voor Menselijke Erfelijkheid
Herestraat 49
3000 Leuven
Tel. 016/34.59.03
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Medische Genetica
Laarbeeklaan 101
1090 Brussel
Tel. 02/477.60.71
Universiteit Gent
Dienst Medische Genetica
De Pintelaan 185
9000 Gent
Tel. 09/240.36.03

Université de Liège
Centre de Génétique Humaine
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire du Sart
4000 Liège 1
Tel. 04/366.71.24

Université Libre de Bruxelles
Centre de Génétique
Route de Lennik 808
1070 Bruxelles
Tel. 02/555.41.45

Université Catholique de Louvain
Unité de Génétique
Croix-du-Sud 2
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
Tel. 010/47.37.23

Institut de Pathologie et de
Génétique Loveral

Allée des Templiers 41
6280 Loverval
Tel. 071/47.30.47  



Main office : Ichthyosis  Belgium n.p.a
Chairman :
Devidts Jean
Vestinglaan, 12-2

Tel.: 32-(0)3/440.01.00
Fax: 32-(0)3/440.03.34

GSM: 0475/68.67.19
07:00 and 09:00 PM)

E-mail: ichthyosis@devidts.com