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Dayton Children's medical genetics department is one of the eight regional genetics centers supported by grants from the Ohio Department of Health and is CAP (College of American Pathologists) accredited program.

The medical genetics team at Dayton Children's accepts referrals for patients of any age with personal or family history of birth defects or genetic disease. We provide children and adults with diagnostic evaluation, genetic testing and genetic counseling on-site or at one of several off-site locations. We also offer genetic education to health care professionals, students and the community, and maintain an up-to-date DVD lending library on various topics in human genetics.

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The genetics department welcomes phone calls to 937- 641-3800 during our normal business hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

A physician referral is necessary prior to the child’s first outpatient visit. All follow up appointments will be made during your clinic visit or by calling central scheduling 937-641-4000.

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Marvin Miller, MD, Medical Director

genetics
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Karl de Dios, MD

genetics
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conditions and symptoms we treat

abnormal newborn screening tests

In general, metabolic and other inherited disorders can hinder an infant's normal physical and mental development in a variety of ways. And parents can pass along the gene for a certain disorder without even knowing that they're carriers. With a simple blood test, doctors often can tell whether newborns have certain conditions that eventually could cause problems.

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spinal muscular atrophy

Spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, is an inherited condition that causes nerve cells in the lower part of the brain and spinal cord to break down and die. Babies with SMA can have difficulty crawling, walking, or even breathing, and older kids can have trouble getting around and mastering simple tasks of everyday life, like combing their hair.

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birth defects

There are more than 4,000 different kinds of birth defects, ranging from minor ones that need no treatment to serious ones that cause disabilities or require medical or surgical treatment.

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down syndrome

Down syndrome is a condition in which extra genetic material causes delays in the way a child develops, mentally and physically.

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Klinefelter syndrome

Klinefelter syndrome is a fairly common genetic condition found only in males that happens when a boy is born with an extra sex chromosome in most or all of his cells.

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Turner syndrome

Turner syndrome is a medical disorder that affects about 1 in every 2,500 girls, is a genetic condition in which a female does not have the usual pair of two X chromosomes. Girls who have this condition usually are shorter than average and infertile due to early loss of ovarian function.

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Hunter syndrome

Mucopolysaccharidosis, or Hunter syndrome, is a rare genetic disorder that affects mostly males. It occurs when the enzyme needed to break down complex sugars (called the iduronate-2-sulfatase enzyme) is missing or not working correctly.

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metabolic clinic

We provide management of individuals with inborn errors of metabolism including supervision of metabolic diet with a metabolic dietician.

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cancer genetics program

We provide genetic counseling, risk assessment, genetic testing and support for patients with adult and pediatric cancers.

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hereditary cardiovascular disease program

We provide genetic counseling, risk assessment, genetic testing and support for children and adults with hereditary cardiovascular diseases.

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