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 are not expected to show symptoms. You and your partner or donor would both have to be carriers of Krabbe disease for there to be an increased chance to have a child with symptoms; this is known as autosomal recessive inheritance. Carrier testing of your partner or donor is recommended 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.
Krabbe disease is an inherited metabolic disorder that affects nerve cells of the central nervous system. Deficient levels of the enzyme galactosylceramide beta-galactosidase lead to a build-up of substances that damage the myelin sheath of nerve cells. Krabbe disease can be diagnosed in infancy or later in life. Infantile Krabbe disease is generally fatal before age two. Individuals with juvenile or adult-onset Krabbe disease generally have a milder course of the disease and live significantly longer. Symptoms include muscle weakness, irritability, feeding difficulty, fevers without sign of infection, and slowed mental and physical development. Over time, affected individuals have difficulty moving, swallowing, chewing, and breathing and develop hearing and vision loss and seizures. At this time, it is difficult to use genetic testing results to predict when onset of symptoms will occur.
Prognosis is generally poor. Infantile Krabbe disease is typically fatal before age two. Individuals with later onset usually die within 2-7 years after the onset of symptoms.
Treatment is primarily supportive. Bone marrow and stem cell transplantation have been used with variable results in treating disease.
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