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Genetic Testing

 

Talking with your family about TTR-FAP

If you're diagnosed with TTR-FAP, talking with your family may not be easy. But it is very important.

Consider having a conversation with any biological family members following diagnosis. You can help them understand the genetic nature of TTR-FAP. And you can introduce the idea of genetic testing. This way, any of your loved ones can find out if they have the TTR gene mutation.

Genetic testing is a way of looking for changes or mutations in a person's genes. Results from a positive genetic test can mean that a person has TTR-FAP or is at risk for TTR-FAP. Even if the mutated gene is present, this does not mean the person has TTR-FAP. It means that they could also develop symptoms later on.

Genetic counseling is a service provided to patients and their families who may be at risk or are affected by a genetic disorder. A genetic counselor will help you and your family better understand your options and the risks and benefits of genetic testing.

If any of your family members are faced with the possibility of undergoing testing for TTR-FAP, they may feel worried or stressed. But you can help them seek support through organizations and other helpful resources with Connect.

 

Learn how the TTR gene can be inherited

If you think you or a biological family member has the TTR gene mutation that causes TTR-FAP, you should talk with your healthcare professional as soon as possible about genetic testing.