Genetic testing for neurological conditions Genetic testing for neurological conditions

Genetic testing for neurological conditions

Find critical answers early so you can take action

The genetics of neurological conditions

Certain neurological conditions occur when genetic variants (or changes) are passed down in families through their genes. Genetic testing can identify these changes to confirm a diagnosis, identify treatment options, and even provide opportunities to participate in clinical trials. 

When to consider genetic testing

Genetic testing may be appropriate if you (or your child) have a diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of a neurological condition. Common neurological conditions include:  

  • movement disorders, like Parkinson’s disease  
  • muscular dystrophy (muscle weakness)
  • neurodegenerative disorders, like Alzheimer’s disease
  • spinal muscular atrophy
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
Genetic testing for neurological conditions

The benefits of genetic testing

Diagnosis

  • Quickly and reliably confirm an existing or suspected diagnosis so you can start focusing on treatment

  • Understand what a neurological condition means for you (or your child) 

  • Identify family members who may also be at risk, and may benefit from genetic testing

Treatment

  • Identify the most effective treatments for your specific genetic makeup and condition

  • Identify and avoid ineffective or unnecessary medications and invasive procedures

  • Find opportunities to participate in clinical trials and try new treatments

Support

  • Genetics experts are available to guide you through the testing process, help you make sense of your results, and plan a path forward

  • Discover opportunities to connect with advocacy groups and communities 

Get a diagnostic test in two easy ways

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Get a diagnostic test online 

We can help you find a genetics provider in your area or connect you to a telemedicine provider.

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Order through your healthcare provider

Talk to your healthcare provider about diagnostic genetic testing with Invitae. This letter can help start the conversation.

Simple billing, no surprises

Insurance

We’ll work directly with your insurance company so you don’t have to. Typically people pay between $0 and $100 out of pocket. Learn more.

Self-pay

Don’t have insurance or prefer not to use it? We offer $250 pricing and accept HSA/FSA payments. Learn more.

Genetic testing for neurological conditions

Testing for at-risk family members

Identifying at-risk family members is one of the most important benefits of genetic testing. If you have a genetic variant, your immediate family members have up to a 50% chance of having the same variant. Other relatives may also be at risk.

Invitae is dedicated to ensuring that both you and your family understand your risk. If you receive a positive test result from Invitae, we can test your blood relatives for that same genetic variant under our family follow-up testing program.  

Genetic testing for neurological conditions

More than a test:
Built-in support network

You don’t have to figure it out alone. Genetics experts are available to guide you through the testing process, help you make sense of your results, and plan a path forward.

Genetic testing for neurological conditions

Your questions, answered

Our resource center offers:

  • details on how the testing process works
  • downloadable guides that explain specific genetic diseases
  • an explanation of possible results and what they could mean for you

When you need more

Invitae Boosted Exome can provide answers for complicated or difficult-to-diagnose cases.

Exome testing looks at the pieces of your DNA that provide instructions for making proteins (“exons”). Exome testing may be right for you (or your child) if:

  • your healthcare provider suspects a genetic condition
  • there are multiple genes that could be the cause of your (or your child’s) symptoms
  • you (or your child) have a complicated medical history that affects many organs and/or body systems
  • past genetic test results for any non-exome tests were normal

This test is ordered through your (or your child’s) healthcare provider. Results are typically available in 6 to 8 weeks after you provide a blood or saliva sample.

Statistic courtesy of the Child Neurology Foundation and Global Genes.