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 typically show no symptoms. You and your partner or donor would both have to be carriers of DHDDS-related disorders 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 and their own personal clinical management.
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) 59 is an inherited condition that causes degeneration of the retina (light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye) and leads to progressive vision loss. RP is caused by variants in over 60 genes, including the DHDDS gene. These genes play important roles in the structure and function of photoreceptor cells in the retina (called rods and cones) that are responsible for transmitting visual signals from the eye to the brain. In RP, the rod cells, which are important for night vision, break down first. As a result, RP typically starts with loss of night vision. Daytime vision is affected later when both rods and cones are lost.
Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation Type Ibb
Congenital disorder of glycosylation type Ibb is a fatal multisystem disorder. This condition may be characterized by intrauterine growth retardation, poor growth after birth, muscle weakness and rigidity, micropenis, undescended testes, liver problems, kidney failure, and seizures. Because of the limited number of individuals and the overall lack of knowledge about this subtype of congenital disorder of glycosylation, the clinical picture may vary.
RP typically starts with loss of night vision in childhood, followed by development of blind spots in peripheral/side vision, a merging of blind spots to produce tunnel vision, and finally a gradual loss of central vision. Many affected individuals are legally blind by adulthood.
Prognosis for congenital disorder of glycosylation type Ibb is poor as affected individuals have been reported to die in infancy.
Treatment is largely supportive. Some therapeutic success has been reported in RP with Diamox therapy and vitamin A palmitate supplements. Use of special lenses can help reduce glare and improve contrast. Low vision aids are also 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