Dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Testing (DAP)
Diagnosing hereditary Dementias, Alzheiemer's and or Parkinson's disease.
The purpose of this test is to identify a pathogenic or likely pathogenic mutation(s) in genes that have been associated with hereditary forms of Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and/or Parkinson's disease.
What is Genetic Testing?
Genetic testing analyzes DNA to detect variations in your genes. Genetic variations are normal and are responsible for differences in everything from hair to eye color. Genetic testing is the only way to find your unique gene variations.
What is DAP testing?
Is Genetic Counseling Available?
The clinical spectrum of hereditary forms of Dementia
and Parkinson’s is broad. Genetic testing can confirm a suspected clinical diagnosis or rule out diagnoses with
a similar clinical presentation. Individuals considering genetic testing for hereditary forms of Dementia, Alzheimer’s and/or Parkinson’s disease should first receive thorough pre-test genetic counseling from a professional qualified to provide such counseling regarding the implications of testing for neurodegenerative disorders that have no known treatment or cure at this time.
We provide Genetic Counseling services before and after testing to ensure you have superior support.
What type of DAP testing does Phi Life Sciences do and what do the tests look for?
This panel covers genes with dominant, recessive, and
X-linked inheritance patterns, and may be helpful in clarifying recurrence risk and determining which relatives may be at risk, particularly if the inheritance pattern is unclear from an individual’s family history.
How can DAP testing help me?
Results of this genetic test will help determine the diagnosis so that the physician can proceed with the proper treatment and management necessary by:
• Enabling clinicians to establish a specific diagnosis that can put an end to the quest (often lengthy and costly) for an accurate diagnosis.
• Facilitate early detection and treatment of symptoms.
• Counseling will be far more targeted regarding prognosis.
• Elimination of the ongoing cost of further low-specificity and low sensitivity testing that is often repeated many times and is expensive in its own right (brain MRI, biomarker testing, etc).
• Choice of appropriate therapy. For example, the list of treatable forms of Parkinson’s continues to grow. In the case of
dopa-responsive PD and dystonia-parkinsonism, administration of levodopa can produce excellent and sustained responses.
• Promote enrollment in clinical trials.
Will insurance pay for the test?
Medicare and Medicaid have covered the cost for people with certain conditions. Private insurance companies may pay if your doctor considers the test medically necessary. You may ask your insurance company if it covers Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s hereditary testing or Phi Life Sciences can check to see if you are covered.
Why Phi Life Sciences?
Phi Life Sciences helps to confirm or deny a diagnosis with more confidence. We have a fast turn-around time which is within three weeks of receipt to the lab. We provide Genetic Counseling services before and after testing to ensure you have proper support throughout the testing process.
Only a licensed doctor or other health provider can order a Phi Life Sciences DAP test. Ask your doctor about our genetic tests. Or call your doctor to make an appointment. Your doctor can contact Phi Life Sciences directly at (888) 576-5445 or email us at to request more information.