The Neurogenetics Clinic at Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital is a fully comprehensive clinic aimed at improving the lives of children that have a neurological condition disorder with a suspected underlying genetic basis for that condition. In this clinic, paediatric neurologists are assisted by genetic counsellors.
The paediatric neurologist will provide a complete evaluation of the patient while the genetic counsellor will be present to help discuss all aspects of genetic testing including pre-test counselling for genetic testing, the genetic basis of disease, discuss all possible outcomes including what a positive result may mean for the family and also the benefits and limitations of genetic testing.
A genetic diagnosis can be important to determine prognosis and recurrence risks for future pregnancies. Our team will interpret the results in the context of the patient’s family history to determine the most appropriate treatment plan and if necessary, recommend further genetic testing.
The genomics laboratory within the Genomics Centre is a state-of-the-art genetic testing facility that utilizes the most advanced molecular technologies, including next generation sequencing and whole exome sequencing, to identify the genetic changes in a patient that can cause a genetic condition. Our laboratory staff collaborates with our clinical team to identify and confirm the genetic basis of our patient’s conditions.
We offer consultation and examination for all children with a suspected genetic neurological condition including:
- Neuromuscular disorders
- Neurodegenerative disorders
- Spinal muscular atrophy
- POLG related disorders
- Connective tissue disorders
- Mitochondrial disorders
Many neurological conditions are complex cases that require a comprehensive health care team. With numerous specialties within Al Jalila, our team can make the appropriate referrals within the hospital, creating a coordinated healthcare plan between the different departments. This multi-disciplinary approach to healthcare ensures that your child will receive the care and support they need.