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My mom passed from ALS almost 15 years ago. We are not sure which kind it was and I'm scared that I am going to end up with it. Is there a way to test for the gene?
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Dr. Staff says, "If they were seen at Mayo, we would typically have them set up an appointment with Medical Genetics and Genetic Counseling to discuss possibility and implications of them receiving genetic testing (which covers ~80% of genetic forms). 10% of patients with ALS have a genetic form that can pass on to offspring (and most often have multiple family members with ALS or frontotemporal dementia), and 90% do not have a genetic form and there is no meaningful risk to offspring."
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