Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) is a progressive, degenerative, genetic disease with multiple types, each of which could be considered a disease in its own right.
Victorian patients only:
State funding for diagnostic, predictive and prenatal testing.
For non Victorian patients:
Diagnostic, carrier and predictive testing
SCA genes 1, 2, 3, 6 & 7 (excluding SCA 15) - tested simultaneously.
SCA 15 is tested by microarray.
- Diagnostic & predictive testing: 4-6 weeks
- Prenatal testing: 4 days - 3 weeks
SCA 15 - 3 - 4 weeks
SCA (1,2,3,6,7) EDTA blood: Adult: 2 x 5 ml
- Amniotic fluid 20ml
- Chorionic villus 20mg
SCA 15 EDTA blood or saliva (contact laboratory for saliva kits)
Patient to be referred to a neurologist for diagnostic tests and to a genetics clinic for predictive/prenatal testing.
Blood Storage Requirements: Do not freeze. Store at 4°C or room temperature.