15q26 overgrowth syndrome
What doctors should I see for 15q26 overgrowth syndrome?
A medical geneticist or a genetic counselor can review the symptoms of 15q26 overgrowth syndrome with a patient and their family and make a plan for the patient to be screened for those symptoms. The symptoms of 15q26 overgrowth syndrome can be quite different from one person to the next, so the type of doctors someone with 15q26 overgrowth syndrome should see will depend on their symptoms. For example, if a patient with 15q26 overgrowth syndrome has a heart defect, they should see a cardiologist (a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the heart and blood vessels). Additionally, someone who has kidney problems from 15q26 overgrowth syndrome should see a nephrologist.
A medical geneticist is a doctor specially trained to diagnose and treat genetic conditions. A genetic counselor is a healthcare professional who evaluates, and provides information and support to, families who are affected by a genetic condition. Medical geneticists can be found by asking for recommendations from your regular doctor, or by using the American College of Medical Genetics' Clinic Services Search Engine. In the "search by genetic service type(s)" heading, choose "General Genetic Services" from the "Clinic Service Type" drop down menu, and check the "General Genetics" box under "Clinic Services". If a child will be meeting with the geneticist, you may want to check the "Pediatric Genetics" box under "Clinic Services". A genetic counselor can be found by asking for recommendations from your regular doctor, or by using the National Society of Genetic Counselor's "Find a Genetic Counselor" tool.