You can be referred to the Medical Genetics and Genomics Program for many reasons. These may include:
- Hereditary bleeding disorders (for example, hemophilia)
- Hereditary blood clotting disorders (for example, Factor V Leiden)
- Hereditary diseases of the skin, kidney, lung and eye
- Adults with Down syndrome
- Other known genetic conditions, such as neurofibromatosis
Depending upon the condition and your concerns, genetic testing can provide peace of mind and a course or proactive treatment and, in some cases, even prevention or delay of the onset. With the resources of the Division of Human Genetics at their fingertips, genetic counselors and physicians have access to the latest and most up-to-date tests, and clinical and translational research available throughout the OSU Wexner Medical Center and world.
Adult Down Syndrome Clinic
The goal of the Adult Down Syndrome Clinic of the OSU Division of Human Genetics and the Nisonger Center is to provide a comprehensive program of complete medical and baseline psychiatric evaluations, focusing on issues specific to adults with Down syndrome and their families. In addition, the program serves as a resource for healthcare providers who need medical information about adults with Down syndrome or help managing their medical care.
Patients undergo a comprehensive consultation with a medical geneticist and certified genetic counselor.
Along with focusing on medical problems specific to adults with Down syndrome(such as thyroid function, ear, nose and throat issues, weight and activity and cardiac and routine health care), a mini-mental examination is performed to monitor potential development of Alzheimer’s disease.
The OSU Adult Down Syndrome Clinic staff meets with the individual, family members and care providers. The clinic meets on the second Monday of the month. Following the appointment, a report with recommendations is sent to the referring physician, patient and family.
Appointments are scheduled at the Polaris Innovation Centre, 2001 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43240. To refer a patient, make an appointment or obtain more information, call 614-293-6694.