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Genetic syndromes are hereditary, chronic conditions caused by coding changes in your DNA.
If you've recently learned that you may have a genetic condition, you know this information can also have implications for the health of your children and other family members. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the complexity of your care and the emotional aspects of managing a genetic condition.
That's why the Division of Genetics at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts Children's Hospital, we carefully build care around your needs. From deciding if genetic testing is right for you to scheduling appointments with your specialists, our physicians and certified genetics counselors will be with you every step of the way.
At Tufts MC and Tufts Children's, we diagnose and treat common genetic conditions such as:
Other common reasons for a referral to the Division of Genetics includes:
Some of our patients are aware that a specific genetic condition, such as cystic fibrosis, runs in their family, while others have struggled for years to find a diagnosis for their symptoms.
Whatever your situation, genetic testing can help get you the information you need to make important decisions about:
Our services include:
At Tufts MC, we're committed to keeping health care affordable. While insurance coverage for genetic testing varies, we will work with you and your health insurance provider to determine what's covered under your plan.
Management of genetic conditions can be complex. Depending on the condition, you and/or your child may experience symptoms in many different parts of the body. Optimal care may require multiple specialists working together. This can mean managing a lot of appointments, tests and treatment recommendations, and it can be hard to put all the pieces together.
That's where our team comes in. We oversee all aspects of care for you and/or your child, working with each of your specialists to ensure you have the best possible treatment plan.
Founded in the early 1960s, the Genetics Division provides diagnosis, evaluation and lifelong care for adults and children with genetic or suspected genetic conditions. Our experienced team helps patients and families to optimize their well-being by taking control of their condition.
Genetic counselors help patients and families understand genetic concepts and testing while providing support and resources to make informed decisions about their health.
At Tufts MC and Tufts Children's, our genetic counselor is your partner in care. Many patients meet with our genetic counselor at the first appointment and often at follow-up appointments. In addition, our counselor works closely with our doctors to ensure you receive accurate, up-to-date responses to all your questions.
Your genetic counselor can:
We value our relationship with primary care physicians, and we're committed to communicating with you throughout your patient's genetic screening or treatment. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions as to whether or not your patient is an appropriate candidate for genetic counseling.