Getting tested is simple
SMA carrier testing is usually performed in consultation with your OB/GYN. Ideally this test should be taken before a couple conceives, as this gives them the most reproductive options should they be at risk of having a baby with SMA. However, many couples undergo carrier testing during pregnancy.
Make an appointment with your OB/GYN and request an “SMA Carrier Screen” through Athena Diagnostics.*
Download the Doctor Discussion guide to prepare for your appointment.
Download and Print the Test Requisition Form.
Please bring this to your appointment for your doctor to fill out.
At your appointment, you will be asked to give a blood sample.
Your OB/GYN will follow up with the test results, usually within two weeks.
* Note: ACOG recommends SMA carrier testing be offered to those with family history and for those who request the test (genetic counseling is recommended)- ACOG Committee Opinion, 200