Genetics are the building blocks that make your child unique. Genes are passed generation to generation from parent to child. They hold each cell’s DNA, or instructions for making proteins. A genetic disorder may occur if there is a mutation, or a change, in a gene.
Services & Treatments
If you or your child’s doctor suspects your child has a genetic disorder, you may not know where to turn. Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children offers state-of-the-art genetic diagnosis, counseling and therapy for prenatal and pediatric-inherited conditions in connection with the Hayward Genetics Center at Tulane Medical Center – the only comprehensive clinical genetics center in the region.
We diagnose, treat and manage a wide variety of genetic disorders for children throughout the New Orleans area, including:
Treatment of genetic disorders varies greatly depending on the condition and its severity. Our genetic specialists will help you develop a plan that addresses both the physical and emotional repercussions of the health issues you and your family are facing.
Thousands of genetic tests are currently in use. Many are available at Tulane Lakeside Hospital, including:
- Molecular or gene tests that look at mutation that affects only one gene. Sickle cell anemia is an example of a single-gene disorder.
- Chromosomal genetic tests (cytogenics) that look at chromosomes – the structure that holds genes – or parts of chromosomes, to see if any are missing or changed. Down syndrome is an example of a chromosomal disorder.
- Biochemical genetic tests that look at how your child’s body breaks down or uses proteins, fats and/or carbohydrates. When there are problems, this type of disease is called an inborn error of metabolism.
- Preconception counseling and testing
- Prenatal counseling and testing
- Abnormal metabolic newborn screening
The Hayward Genetics Labs are the only full-service molecular, cytogenic and biochemical laboratory facilities in Louisiana. Services are available at Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children.
Genetic counseling can help you understand the benefits and limitations of testing and how to deal with the outcome. There can be mixed emotions and many questions as you and your family examine the scientific, emotional and ethical issues surrounding genetic testing and its results. The compassionate, experienced staff at Tulane Lakeside Hospital can help you weigh all your options and determine the best course of action for you, your child and your family.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the Tulane Pediatric Specialty Clinic at (504) 988-6253.