Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) may run in your family.1 Genetic testing and counseling can identify whether you or your loved one have an FTD gene mutation and what that means.
Genetic testing examines your DNA and identifies changes in chromosomes, genes, or genetic code.
Genetic testing is a very personal decision that can give you information about your risk factors for FTD.
Before you determine whether genetic testing is right for you, consider discussing with your doctor and your family about how this could impact you and those you care about. There are professionals who can help you understand genetic testing, such as genetic counselors and advocacy groups.
Genetic forms of FTD
There are genetic (inherited) and nongenetic forms of FTD.1 Genetic forms of FTD—when FTD is passed from parent to child—are the result of gene mutations, or changes in the DNA code.1 These changes can harm proteins that are important to brain health.2
Genetic testing can:
- Identify an FTD gene mutation
Genetic counseling can:
- Help you understand the genetic testing process
- Help you understand how genetics contribute to disease
Genetic counseling may include:
- Education about genetic testing, disease management and prevention, and available resources
- Explanation of your medical history, results, and risk for disease
- Counseling to encourage informed choices and help you adjust to the condition
- Information on how the results could impact your job and insurance
- Advice on how to discuss the results with your family