Who else in my family needs to be tested for ALD?
If a mother has ALD, there is a 50% chance of each of her other children also having ALD. This is crucial if the child is male and they should be tested immediately. If there are other female children, they can be tested when they are of childbearing age. Extended family – sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews of the affected parent should also be tested for ALD.
To determine if other children in the family are affected by or carriers of ALD disease, it is best to consult with your genetic counselor or your child’s primary care physician.
You can also request a blood spot card from the Kennedy Krieger Institute.
The requisition form may be downloaded HERE
Results are available within 7 to 10 days, unless there are special circumstances.
Contact information related to testing:
Kennedy Krieger Institute Genetics Laboratory - Peroxisomal Diseases Section
707 North Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205 USA