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Genetic Tests for Autism Mommy of 2 + 1 angel 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Pearl, Mississippi 19327 posts
8th Mar '13

Has anyone ever heard of this? My daughter's geneticist is testing for autism through blood work and also testing for Rett Syndrome. Has anyone had that done before? He mentioned there may be some genetic factors that cause autism.

*Mary Moon* 1 child; New York 3595 posts
8th Mar '13

Are they testing for autism or fragile x? My brother whom is autistic was tested for fragile x but I have never heard of autism genetic tests. Must be new. I'll have to look into it.
Eta: total duh moment. You said daughter. I believe fragile x is only in boys anyway lol. I totally brain farted there.

Mommy of 2 + 1 angel 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Pearl, Mississippi 19327 posts
8th Mar '13
Quoting *Mary Moon*:" Are they testing for autism or fragile x? My brother whom is autistic was tested for fragile x but I have never heard of autism genetic tests. Must be new. I'll have to look into it."


He said autism. He mentioned there are a few different genes or abnormalities in the genes that can show autism.

lil*Mama*Bear 2 kids; Veneta, Oregon 4957 posts
8th Mar '13

I just know that I was tested for down syndrome but not sure about autism. They measured the babys neck skin and took my blood. Then if it came back as a possibility they could use a needle to draw out some of the cells in the sack for testing. Which can cause early labor. It was never needed for us though because it came back as very slim chances. I have also heard of false positives.

*Mary Moon* 1 child; New York 3595 posts
8th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mommy of 2 + 1 angel:</b>" He said autism. He mentioned there are a few different genes or abnormalities in the genes that can show autism."</blockquote>




Interesting. I gotta jump on google and read up on that. We have kind of been sitting stagnant with autism other than weeding our way through articles on the autism caucus last year. I haven't seen it in the news alot so I haven't been paying a ton of attention. Thanks for posting this. Sorry for not answering your question though. :/

Mommy of 2 + 1 angel 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Pearl, Mississippi 19327 posts
8th Mar '13
Quoting *Mary Moon*:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Mommy of 2 + 1 angel:</b>" He said autism. He mentioned ... [snip!] ... alot so I haven't been paying a ton of attention. Thanks for posting this. Sorry for not answering your question though. :/"



that's okay! I was just curious if anyone else knew of it or had it done! But I'm glad to share it because it could be a new discovery and everyone should know about it! :)

Mommy of 2 + 1 angel 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Pearl, Mississippi 19327 posts
8th Mar '13
Quoting lil*Mama*Bear
7 blessings so far.... Due February 3; 6 kids; Glen Burnie, Maryland 8799 posts
8th Mar '13
Quoting Mommy of 2 + 1 angel:" that's okay! I was just curious if anyone else knew of it or had it done! But I'm glad to share it because it could be a new discovery and everyone should know about it! :)"


I believe the gene testing for autism is still in research phase. I have 2 children (age 12&13 , 1 girl/1boy) that have 2 different ASD diagnosis'. I have seen research applications for such testing (through bloodwork) but none of the research facilities are near by :(
btw, my other childre(ages 17,5,&2) donot have any ASD markers and we are patiently waiting to see if the youngest (4mo, girl) w/have any ASD issues

lil*Mama*Bear 2 kids; Veneta, Oregon 4957 posts
8th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mommy of 2 + 1 angel:</b>" I don't think they test for autism in the womb. At least I haven't heard of that. I know a lot of doctors ... [snip!] ... are like age 3 years or older because of the fact they're still developing and toddlers do some weird things anyway lol."</blockquote>




I didn't even check which fourm this was in. Yeah I got nothing. Idk how they do it. Sorry was thinking of preg testing. I can ask if it helps. My friends brother was diagnosed before he was 3.

Mommy of 2 + 1 angel 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Pearl, Mississippi 19327 posts
8th Mar '13
Quoting lil*Mama*Bear
Mommy of 2 + 1 angel 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Pearl, Mississippi 19327 posts
8th Mar '13
Quoting 6 blessings so far....:" I believe the gene testing for autism is still in research phase. I have 2 children (age 12&13 , ... [snip!] ... 17,5,&2) donot have any ASD markers and we are patiently waiting to see if the youngest (4mo, girl) w/have any ASD issues"



Okay I just got her genetic papers in today and I looked it up. He ordered a Baylor HR and SNP microarry analysis. I looked it up and this is what I came up with:

Chromosomal Microarray Analysis - HR + SNP Screen (Comprehensive)
Test Information: Chromosomal Microarray Analysis - Comprehensive (CMA-Comprehensive) combines both CMA-HR and CMA-SNP into one array. The new 400k custom designed CMA-Comprehensive microarray (v9) now targets over 4,900 genes at the exon level. In addition to exon level copy number, this array also includes 60,000 probes used for SNP analysis for the detection of uniparental disomy (UPD) and absence of heterozygosity (AOH). The breakdown of the new targeted genes added is a follows:



41 clinically relevant genes that have been published in the last 24 months
742 genes that are available as a clinical test in the GeneTest database
804 X-linked genes
276 nuclear mitochondrial and candidate genes
232 autoimmune genes
316 OMIM autosomal dominant morbid genes
100 predicted haploinsufficient genes
153 genes associated with autism
186 candidate genes associated with epilepsy
44 genes associated with ADHD



These new genes are in addition to the previously 1,700 targeted genes associated with intellectual disability, seizure disorders, autism, heart defects, etc.



here is the link: https://www.bcm.edu/geneticlabs/test_detail.cfm?testcode=8665