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.
Bardet-Biedl Syndrome, BBS1-Related
What Your Test Results Mean:
Test results indicate that you are a carrier of Bardet-Biedl syndrome. Carriers are not expected to show symptoms of this syndrome. You and your partner would both have to be carriers of Bardet-Biedl syndrome for there to be an increased chance to have a child with symptoms; this is known as autosomal recessive inheritance. Bardet-Biedl syndrome can be caused by changes in a variety of genes. Carrier testing for genes related to Bardet-Biedl syndrome is recommended for your partner or donor in addition to consultation with a genetic counselor for a more detailed risk assessment.
Since this is an inherited gene change, this information may be helpful to share with family members as it may impact their family planning.
Bardet-Biedl syndrome is an inherited condition characterized by progressive vision loss, obesity, extra fingers or toes, intellectual disability, kidney disease, and abnormalities of the genitalia. Signs and symptoms of Bardet-Biedl can vary between affected individuals and even members of the same family. Complications from obesity can include type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Affected males produce reduced amounts of sex hormones (hypogonadism) and are usually infertile. Bardet-Biedl syndrome can additionally affect the heart, liver, and digestive system.
Prognosis varies for individuals with Bardet-Biedl syndrome as symptoms and severity can vary. Most affected individuals are legally blind by early adulthood. Kidney failure is the most common cause of death, but with early diagnosis and consistent management, some individuals can have a normal life expectancy.
Treatment for Bardet-Biedl syndrome is symptomatic as there is no known cure. Dialysis and/or kidney transplantation can be considered for kidney disease. Diet and exercise can be beneficial to manage obesity. Extra fingers and toes can be removed by surgery if desired. Some affected individuals may also benefit from early intervention or attending a school for the visually impaired.
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