Akron Children's Genetic Center offers diagnostic evaluation and medical management of genetic conditions, birth defects and developmental delays, as well as genetic testing and genetic counseling. Read More...
Akron Children's Genetic Center offers preconception services, a prenatal clinic, a hereditary cancer program, and specialty clinics for cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, fragile X, metabolic disorders, sickle cell disease, spina bifida and skeletal dysplasias.
Our center's board-certified medical geneticists and genetic counselors provide:
A general genetics evaluation includes a detailed family and medical history, a detailed physical examination and a discussion of the finding, possible diagnoses and testing options.
Finding a genetic cause for a child's developmental or medical issues may be important in identifying other associated health issues, accessing the appropriate services or understanding recurrence risks for relatives and future pregnancies.
Genetics services may be appropriate for families who have a child with:
Because the practice of genetics involves the entire family, the Akron Children’s Genetic Center serves patients of all ages. Even when the initial concern involves a child, it may be appropriate to evaluate and/or test adult members of the family who may also be affected or at risk of having children with the same disorder. We are sometimes able to make diagnoses in adults that could not be made when they were children.
In addition, some genetic conditions may not become evident until adulthood. It is becoming increasingly clear that a number of adult-onset conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and hypertension have significant genetic components.
The decision to pursue predictive genetic testing before symptoms of these disorders appear may be very personal and complex. We provide information, risk assessment, support and offer genetic testing when appropriate for adults, as well as other family members at risk for these conditions and many others, including Huntington’s disease, hemochromatosis, and polycystic kidney disease.
This exciting field is still in its infancy, but evaluations, risk assessments and consideration of any appropriate testing is available, especially for people and families with unusual histories, such as early onset of these conditions.
We see adults in many settings, including our adult-focused preconception, prenatal, and hereditary cancer programs. Genetic services are covered by most insurance companies, Medicaid and other third-party payers such as the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH).
Before a visit to the Akron Children's Genetic Center, it is important to gather information on the person being seen, as well as his family information. A packet will be sent prior to the appointment to help guide the collection of this information. Important details include:
A typical visit to Akron Children's Genetic Center lasts about one hour. During this time, patients meet with a genetic counselor and clinical geneticist (physician).
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