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  1. Keegan, Richard D. DNP, RN, FNP-BC


A RARE GENETIC disorder, familial dysautonomia (FD) affects the sensory and autonomic functions of individuals of Ashkenazi (central or eastern European) Jewish descent. FD affects a wide range of autonomic (involuntary) functions, including digestion, breathing, body temperature, BP, and tear production, as well as such sensory functions as taste and perception of pain, heat, and cold.