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2 siblings have passed away from ALS, one at age 51, one at

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2 siblings have passed away from ALS, one at age 51, one at age 57. We were all exposed as youths to methyl ethyl ketones for long periods at work (prior to Hazmat) Is there a test for ALS that 4 living siblings can undergo to determine risk for ALS?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 4 years ago.
Hello,

Yes, there are some genetic tests available for familial forms of ALS.
Exposures to chemicals are not a proven risk factor at this time....the only proven risk factors for developing ALS are age and family history.
If you are interested in undergoing testing for ALS, you would need to contact a neurologist experienced in this field or a genetic counselor.

Here is some information for you about the genes involved and genetic testing:

http://www.als-research.org/about/familial.html

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