Right now, knowing your genetic status will not change your medical care, but this is beginning to change as targeted treatments are being explored in research studies. In addition, researchers are learning that there are genetic types of Parkinson’s disease that have their own set of clinical features. People may want to get tested for informational purposes, their own personal reasons, or to help understand risk to their family members. A genetic counselor can help you decide if genetic testing is right for you.

Genetic testing for Parkinson’s disease is available through:

Regardless of the avenue of testing, there are many things to think about before getting genetic testing. A genetic counselor can help you explore the benefits, risks, and limitations. You will also want to make sure the most appropriate genetic test is ordered, based on your medical and family histories.