Reasons for genetic consultation in the field of Neurogenetics
A genetic cause may be considered in the development of different neurological disorders (e.g., Hereditary Motor and Sensory Neuropathies (HMSN), Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP), Muscular Dystrophies (such as Duchenne, Becker), Hereditary Muscular Atrophies (such as SMA), Fragile X-Associated Tremor-/Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS), Fragile X-Associated Neuropsychiatric Disorders (FXAND), Spinocerebellar Ataxias, Chorea Huntington, epilepsy syndromes)
We offer genetic consultation, testing, and diagnostics in all cases of a suspected hereditary neurological or muscular disorder as well as epilepsy syndromes.
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What is Neurogenetics?
Not every neurological diagnosis is straightforward. For example, some patients might exhibit the characteristic tremors and motor control issues of Parkinson’s disease, but they also might have other symptoms, such as memory problems, which are not common in Parkinson’s patients.
In these difficult-to-diagnose cases, patients are often referred to a neurogeneticist, where they receive a more precise diagnosis of the genetic factors underlying their neurological condition.
Neurogenetics deals with adult and paediatric patients. Among adults, most of the patients have some kind of neurodegenerative disease (progressive damage to cells in the brain and/or nervous system), neuromuscular disorders or genetic form of epilepsy (repeated seizures). Among children, the most commonly treated patients have some kind of mental development delay, autism spectrum disorder, neuromuscular disorders or seizures.
Neurogenetics is a field that uses recent advances in genome sequencing in order to better understand the cause of brain and nerve disorders. This can help patients determine the extent to which their genetic material plays a role in their condition, and help health care professionals to advance the concept of personalised clinical care by creating highly tailored treatment programs for each patient with a comprehensive understanding of a patient’s genetic profile and medical history.
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