Diagnosis and Testing
When should I test my children to see if they have Fabry disease?
Some families choose to test their children before birth through prenatal testing. Some families test for Fabry disease at birth or later when their children can understand the implications of the test. No matter when you choose to test, there are special issues to consider prior to testing such as:
- Would you consider a life insurance policy for your child?
- Do you want to start treatment for your child?
- Are you prepared to deal with the uncertain future for your child? (The unclear prognosis?)
Please talk to your Fabry doctor or genetic counselor to help decide when your children should be tested. To find a genetic counselor close to you, you can use the "Find a Genetic Counselor" search at the National Society of Genetic Counselors website.
Discover Fabry. (n.d.). Retrieved November 22, 2019, from https://www.discoverfabry.com/.
Mehta, A. (2017, January 5). Fabry Disease. Retrieved November 22, 2019, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1292/.
"Find a Genetic Counselor" search at the National Society of Genetic Counselors website. http://nsgc.org/p/cm/ld/fid=164