Treating and Testing for Genetic Diseases in Children at Medical Center at Augusta University
The Genetics Department at Children’s Hospital of Georgia in Augusta, evaluates and tests for genetic disease in children or birth defects such as Down syndrome and other chromosomal disorders, neurofibromatosis, cystic fibrosis or connective tissue, metabolic or other disorders.
Our Genetics Department also works with pediatric specialists to diagnose, manage care and counsel patient and family members.
The Pediatric Genetic Department Features:
- Board-certified physician geneticist and a board certified genetic counselor
- Newborn screenings to detect certain genetic disease which benefit from early diagnosis and treatment
- Evaluations of children for birth defects and genetic disorders through chromosomal studies, direct DNA studies, biochemical genetic testing and other tests as warranted
- Genetic counseling to review the benefits, risks, limitations and ramifications of genetic testing
- Maternal-fetal medicine specialists to evaluate babies for genetic diseases or birth defects before birth through fetal ultrasound, chromosome analysis, umbilical blood cord sampling, maternal serum screening, amniocentesis or other tests
- Physicians working to treat birth defects through vitamin, gene and enzyme-replacement therapy
- Predictive, pre-symptomatic and carrier genetic testing, when warranted
- Physicians working to perform pre-implantation studies to diagnose genetic diseases in embryos before implantation through in vitro fertilization
- Connects patients and parents with resources and camps for children with certain genetic disorders
- Patient Family Centered Care
Our children patients of the pediatric genetics department can be seen in child-friendly areas located at:
Medical Office Building
1447 Harper Street
Request an online appointment now or call 706-721-KIDS (5437) or toll free at 888-721-KIDS (5437) to speak to a member of our pediatric genetics department team.