94New member - is genetic testing useful?
- Nov 4, 2002I am a new member with an autistic son. A local geneticist has been
recommending to parents with autistic kids that they be tested for
mecp2 (Rett syndrome), 22q11.2, FISH studies of chromosone tips and
mpcr studies of 15q (Angelman's syndrome). I have heard that he
recommends these tests because the listed genetics defects have been
found in some autistic kids. We have an appointment soon and I am
trying to prepare beforehand.
I have searched the archives of autism lists at yahoogroups and from
what I could find, some of the gene defects listed above are not
specific to any one disorder. Also, what the genes above are
responsible for in the body is not known. I was wondering if the
above testing will provide useful information in our case? Does
knowing a person has one of the genetic defects above give direction
to therapies or anything else useful? Thanks.
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