Pediatric Genetic Counseling
Gundersen Health System has a specially trained Pediatrics Genetics team, including a medical geneticist and genetics counselors to help families screen for and manage genetic disorders. Understanding the underlying cause can help your child get the right treatment, know what to expect in the future, and be aware if any other family members are at risk.
When your child has a developmental problem, birth defect or one of a wide variety of changes that might point to a genetic disorder, there is often a question of what the underlying cause might be.
A child may be referred to this team for reasons, such as:
- Birth defects
- Developmental delays
- If a genetic disorder has been identified in the family
- Down syndrome
- Connective tissue disorders
- Heart disorders
- Neurologic disorders
Our genetics team will work with your family to determine a genetic cause. We will:
- Examine your child
- Review your family medical history
- Order further testing, if needed (e.g. blood tests, X-rays or other lab work)
- Analyze the results
- Work with you to develop a treatment plan
Our genetics counselors will also help you coordinate care. We provide education to manage the disorder, and coordinate further tests that may be needed. We may also evaluate other family members and provide information on how a disorder could affect them.
Our genetics team works closely with your child's primary care provider and other departments to provide the best overall care.
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