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.
Niemann-Pick Disease Type C, NPC1-Related
What Your Test Results Mean:
Carriers are not expected to show symptoms. You and your partner would both have to be carriers of Niemann-Pick disease type C, NPC1-related 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.
Niemann-Pick disease type C, NPC1-related is an inherited lysosomal storage disorder that impairs fat metabolism causing harmful amounts of lipids to accumulate in the spleen, liver, lungs, bone marrow, and brain. Symptoms typically appear in childhood, although infant and adult onsets are possible. Signs of Niemann-Pick disease include severe liver disease, breathing difficulties, developmental delays, seizures, poor muscle tone, lack of coordination, problems with feeding, and an inability to move the eyes vertically.
Prognosis is generally poor, as affected individuals are only expected to survive for 10-20 years after diagnosis.
There is no cure for Niemann-Pick disease type C, NPC1-related; however, seizure medications and physical and speech therapy may be recommended.
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