How Early Check Works

How Early Check Works

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How It Works infographic

 

What happens if your baby tests positive for one of the conditions? 

If your baby tests positive for fragile X syndrome or spinal muscular atrophy, our Early Check team will coordinate a second test to confirm or reject that result - called a confirmatory test. The table below outlines the two potential outcomes of this second test and what to expect next.

Normal Second Test Result

Not Normal Second Test Result

A "normal" result from a second test means that your baby does not have the condition.

A "not normal" result from a second test confirms a diagnosis for the condition.

What happens after the second test (confirmatory testing)

  • One of our genetic counselors will call you and discuss the results.
  • Although a normal test result can occur for a variety of reasons, the bottom line is that it means your child does not have the condition.
  • One of our genetic counselors will call you and discuss next steps.
  • You will receive some or all the following services, either in person or via phone or video conferencing:
    • Genetic counseling
    • A medical consult
    • A neurological exam
    • Connections to resources and treatment options
    • Information about our Early Check Clinic for continued care

How to stay involved if your baby is diagnosed

You will be invited to stay involved in Early Check in the following ways:

We’ll assess your child’s health and development to provide monitoring.

We’ll answer your questions about how Early Check can best help you and your family.

You can enroll in a registry for ongoing interactions with the Early Check team. This may include getting updates on new treatments being tested related to your child’s condition, and updates on your child’s health and your family’s well-being.