Know Your Genetics
At CHRISTUS Health, we provide a compassionate approach to individuals and families seeking answers about genetic conditions. Our team is committed to improving the quality of life for patients and their families with genetic conditions. Our team is ready to help you and your health care team better understand your genetic health.
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Our genetic specialists provides evaluation, diagnosis, genetic counseling, treatment, and management for pediatric and adult patients with a known or suspected genetic condition. The initial evaluation usually includes a detailed medical and family history, physical examination, and discussion about genetic testing, if recommended. When a genetic diagnosis is known, we provide information to families about the pattern of inheritance, potential complications and prognosis of the condition, and testing options for at risk family members.
Genetic conditions are common and can affect any age group or body system. We see children and adults in our outpatient clinic and in the hospital to evaluate the cause for many conditions, including developmental delay, intellectual disability, autism, birth defects, deafness, epilepsy, and many other conditions.
State-of-the-art genetic testing is a routine part of this evaluation. When we confirm the correct diagnosis, the genetics team will develop detailed management and treatment plans. We make sure our patients, their families, and their health care teams have a better understanding of their genetic condition and what they can do about it.
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Common Reasons for Genetic Referrals
- Family history of a genetic condition
- Huntington disease
- Intellectual disability
- Long QT syndrome
- Abnormal genetic test result including abnormal newborn screening
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Birth defects
- Chromosomal disorders
- Connective tissue disorders
- Developmental delay or intellectual disability
- Dysmorphic appearance
- Hearing loss or visual impairment
- Microcephaly or macrocephaly
- Neurocutaneous disorders
- Single gene disorders
- Suspected genetic condition or syndrome
- Skeletal dysplasia
- Teratogen exposure
Please send prenatal referrals to the Center for Maternal and Fetal Medicine Care.
We do not accept referrals for the following reasons:
- Adult hypermobility
- MTHFR testing or counseling
- Interpretation of direct-to-consumer genetic test kits such as 23andMe, AncestryDNA, etc.
- Pharmacogenetics testing or interpretation
- Paternity testing