When your child or an adult you care for has developmental problems, a 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. Understanding this can help with getting the right treatment, knowing what to expect in the future, and if any other family members are at risk. A specially trained genetics team at Gundersen Health System helps families screen for and manage genetic disorders.
Our genetics team includes a medical geneticist and genetics counselors. A child or adult may be referred to this team for different reasons including:
- 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 and review your family medical history. If needed, we will order further testing including blood tests, X-rays and other lab work.
Our genetics counselors will 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 the patient’s primary care provider and other departments to provide the best overall care.