If your baby or child exhibits troubling symptoms, such as seizures or limb weakness, they may have a neurogenetic disorder that could worsen with time. Under the direction of William Shankle, MS, MD, FACP, the caring neurologists at Shankle Clinic evaluate and test your child so that they get the diagnosis and treatment they need. Depending on the type of neurogenetic disorder your child has, the doctors recommend supportive therapies, medications, or even participation in a clinical trial. To find out how to help your child, contact Shankle Clinic located within the Hoag Neurosciences Institute in Newport Beach, California. You can book online or by calling the office today.
If your child has a neurogenetic disorder, at least one of the genes and chromosomes that affects their brain, spinal cord, or nerves is defective. Neurogenetic disorders can cause severe or progressive symptoms and disability.
A few of the many types of neurogenetic disorders include:
Even though these disorders are genetic in nature, they’re not all inherited. Your child may have been born with a faulty gene that never appeared in a prior generation. Neurogenetic disorders affect all races and sexes and typically causes noticeable symptoms early in life.
A child who has a neurogenetic disorder may have developmental delays and may not meet normal milestones, such as crawling, walking, and speaking.
Symptoms may include:
However, symptoms vary widely from child to child and may change over time. Although most symptoms get progressively worse, some children improve as they grow older.
The expert neurologists at Shankle Clinic take a complete family and personal medical history. They then conduct a thorough physical examination and conduct a series of tests, which may include:
Once the results are ready, your neurologist diagnoses your child’s neurogenetic disorder and devises a customized treatment plan.
Most neurogenetic disorders and diseases can’t be cured. If your child’s disorder is inherited, your doctors counsel you about the risks involved if you plan to have other children in the future.
Neurogenetic disorders encompass a wide variety of conditions and diseases, so treatments are aimed toward controlling symptoms and slowing progression whenever possible. Your doctors may recommend:
In some cases, your child may have tumors that require surgical removal. Your child may qualify for a clinical trial for gene therapy or other new treatments and medications.
If your child isn’t meeting their milestones or has symptoms of a neurogenetic disorder, get a comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment at Shankle Clinic today. Phone the helpful office team or use the online booking form.