Genetics

Published On 07/11/2011

Le Bonheur’s clinical geneticists evaluate and diagnose genetic disorders, and help patients and their families understand and cope with these problems. Our physicians, who are all board-certified in genetics, work alongside genetic counselors, nurse and nurse practitioner.

Clinical geneticists evaluate and treat patients with the following:

  • Birth defects
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • At-risk situations
  • Developmental delay
  • Chronic growth failure
  • Multiple miscarriage or fetal loss
  • History of a genetic disorder in patients or a family member
  • Any disorder that is genetic or thought the be genetic

 All evaluations include:

  • three-generation family history
  • extensive patient history evaluation
  • genetic physical exam
  • recommendation of appropriate laboratory and radiologic evaluations
  • recommendation for additional specialty involvement
  • genetic counseling may be appropriate after completion of testing

Newborn Screening

Our geneticists provide services for the State of Tennessee Newborn Screening Follow-up Program. Before parents take their newborns home from the hospital, geneticists perform testing for rare disorders of body chemistry. These screenings are important because they detect chemical changes before problems develop. Your child's pediatrician will be notified of the results. Generally parents are only notified if repeat testing is needed.

Read about our published research.

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