Overview

Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) is a progressive, degenerative, genetic disease with multiple types, each of which could be considered a disease in its own right.

Category

Cost

Single gene SCA type (except SCA 15) $250

SCA 1, 2, 3, 6 & 7 $500

Predictive testing $250

Prenatal $600

SCA 15 is tested by microarray (see microarray for pricing)

Victorian Patients Only: State funding for Diagnostic, Predictive and Prenatal testing.

Reporting time

SCA (1,2,3,6,7) 4 - 6 weeks (Diagnostic)

4 - 6 weeks (Predictive)

4 days - 3 weeks (Prenatal)

SCA 15 - 3 - 4 weeks

Contacts

Dr Belinda Chong

Phone (03) 9936 6550

Specimen Requirements

SCA (1,2,3,6,7) EDTA blood: Adult: 2 x 5 ml

Prenatal:

Amniotic Fluid 20ml

Chorionic Villus 20mg

SCA 15 EDTA blood or salive (contact laboratory for saliva kits)

Notes

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.

Genes tested