What Does NxGen MDx Screen For?
We screen for up to 120 genetic disorders that can affect your pregnancy, the health of your baby, and your family's future. You can learn more about our various screens — and which sets of screens (or "panels") align with where you are in your reproductive journey.
What Your Test Results Mean:
Carriers of ataxia-telangiectasia are not expected to show signs and symptoms of the disease; however, they are at an increased risk to develop cancer, specifically breast cancer. It is recommended that carriers of ataxia-telangiectasia speak to a genetic counselor that specializes in cancer genetics regarding these risks. Risk for current or future pregnancies is dependent on your partner’s carrier status. Carrier testing of your partner is recommended in addition to consultation with a genetic counselor for more detailed risk assessment.
We recommend that you share and discuss this information with all of your health care providers. Since this is an inherited gene change, this information may be helpful to share with family members as it may impact their family planning and their own personal clinical management.
Ataxia-telangiectasia is an inherited neurodegenerative condition that primarily affects the nervous system and immune system. Symptoms include difficulty coordinating movements (ataxia), spidery red skin lesions caused by dilated blood vessels, a weakened immune system that may lead to recurrent infections, and an increased risk for cancer. Individuals with ataxia-telangiectasia may additionally have slurred speech and have trouble moving their eyes from one side to the other. They are also extremely sensitive to radiation, especially medical x-rays.
Affected individuals typically have a decreased lifespan but most live into their second decade of life. Although rare, some individuals live until their fourth decade of life. Most individuals are wheelchair-bound by the age of 10.
Treatment for ataxia-telangiectasia is symptomatic; there is currently no cure. Individuals may benefit from injections to boost the immune system. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy can additionally be considered.
Talk to a Genetic Counselor
As a NxGen client, you'll have access to personal genetic counselors who can help explain the results of your screens and provide insight on how to move forward. To schedule a personal conference to discuss your screen results, call (855) 776-9436. or click the link below.Discuss Your Screening Results