Genes play a role in the development of many types of dementia and movement disorders such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease. Mutation in one of a small number of genes can cause someone to develop frontotemporal dementia, Huntington’s disease or inherited forms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. These conditions often start in younger people.
At Dementech Neurosciences we offer predictive genetic testing and genetic counselling for all known genetic mutations that can cause inherited forms of dementia or movement disorders. The genetic test aims to see whether the relative has inherited the same mutation and so will go on to develop the dementia or movement disorder. Genetic testing can be difficult emotionally, therefore, we offer genetic counselling to ensure that genetic test is the correct decision for each individual and if someone has testing, they receive full genetic counselling about what the results mean.
The Genetic counselling package consists of the following:
- Initial consultation with a specialist physician, which includes family history and physical examination. Address individual concerns relating to development / transmission of hereditary disorder
- Genetic blood test
- Medical diagnosis and its implications in terms of prognosis and possible treatment. Mode of inheritance of disorder and the risk of developing and/or transmitting it
- Options available for dealing with the risks