Genetic Testing for Pachygyria – Lissencephaly

What is Genetic Testing?

A genetic test is the analysis of human DNA, RNA, chromosomes, proteins, or certain metabolites in order to detect alterations related to a heritable disorder. This can be accomplished by directly examining the DNA or RNA that makes up a gene (direct testing), looking at markers co-inherited with a disease-causing gene (linkage testing), assaying certain metabolites (biochemical testing), or examining the chromosomes (cytogenetic testing). Selected methodology terms are used in the GeneTests Laboratory Directory.

Genetic Tests for PACHYGYIA or Lissencephaly 1 (LIS1) – in 2009

These tests were completed on Corey through Emory and Univ. of Chicago.

TEST 1: Lissencephaly Type 1: Miller-Dieker is the first Chromosome 17 testing done on Corey at Emory University. This test came back normal for Corey. 2006 (If normal do test 2)

TEST 2: Sequencing of the LIS1 gene can only be done at the University of Chicago or at two labs in Germany. This test came back normal for Corey. 2007 (If normal do test 3)

TEST 3: MLPA-based dup/del test – The yield is high, at least 1/3 chance of finding an abnormality. This test came back normal for Corey. 2007 (He is now a candidate for the research program with Dr. Dobyns.)

All the testing required just one blood draw at Emory in Atlanta. It was about 4-5 vials of blood but went quickly. Emory was very helpful working with Univ. of Chicago and the billing. The in state work on test 1 was covered by insurance and medicaid. The other 2 tests out of state are billed to my insurance and the remainder paid by us.


Chromosome 17 has the “address” to LIS 1. To learn more about chromosomes and genetic testing visit

Syndromes with lissencephaly. I:
Miller-Dieker and Norman-Roberts syndromes and isolated lissencephaly.


Although genetic testing shares some features in common with other kinds of laboratory testing, in many ways it is unique and requires special considerations.

Points to consider:

Genetic testing may be used for medical management and for personal decision-making.

Genetic test results usually apply not only to the patient but also to other family members.

Genetic testing may be performed in the context of a genetics consultation and should include informed consent, test interpretation, and follow-up medical and psychosocial services as indicated.

Because most genetic disorders are rare, genetic testing is often done only by specialized laboratories.

Intense research efforts in molecular genetics result in the rapid development and availability of new genetic tests; therefore, healthcare providers need to continuously update their knowledge.

In order for genetic testing to yield meaningful results:
multiple test methodologies may be required
other family members may need to be tested
a genetics consultation may be appropriate
these services will entail additional costs

This site was given to me by the Walsh Laboratory for more information on genetic testing for Corey. You can access it at

The site will give you educational materials, clinic directory, laboratory directory, gene reviews, and more information about gene testing.