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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis


Other Names for this Disease
  • ALS
  • ALS1
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis type 1
  • Lou Gehrig disease
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Tests & Diagnosis


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Is genetic testing available for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Yes. Clinical genetic testing is currently available for several genes in which mutations are known to cause ALS. Genetic testing on a research basis is also available for select susceptibility genes associated with ALS.[1]

You can find laboratories offering clinical and research genetic testing for ALS on a Web site called GeneTests. To see GeneTests' list of the types of ALS for which genetic testing is available, click here. Click on "Testing" next to each type of ALS of interest to see a list of the laboratories that offer clinical testing. Click on "Research" next to each type of ALS of interest to see a list of the laboratories that offer research testing.

Please note that most of the laboratories listed through GeneTests do not accept direct contact from patients and their families. Therefore, if you are interested in learning more, you will need to work with a health care provider or a genetics professional.

Last updated: 1/11/2013

References
  1. Donkervoort S, Siddique T. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. GeneReviews . 2009; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1450/. Accessed 4/12/2011.