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Mother of child treated at Boston Children's for profound dyslexia. Boston Children's researchers aim to identify genes that cause dyslexia.
Boston Children's provides genetic testing for pregnant women, newborns and children of all ages. In some cases, a diagnosis can be made after a physical exam. Most of the time, genetic disorders are diagnosed through a specific test, which can include examining chromosomes or DNA (the tiny proteins that make up genes), or testing the blood for certain enzymes that may be abnormal. Studying enzymes is called biochemical genetic testing.
At your initial appointment, a member of the genetics team (a genetic counselor, a clinical genetics fellow, and/or a geneticist) will review your medical, family and pregnancy history and perform tests. Tests may include X-rays, an MRI or genetic tests (usually blood or urine tests). Your child may also be referred to a specialty clinic within the hospital.
The different categories of genetic tests are:
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”