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Inherited Conditions

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Many diseases and disorders are caused by a person’s genetic makeup. These include abnormalities in genes that occur randomly or because of environmental exposures. Other genetic factors “run in the family” and are inherited at birth from one or both parents.

The Division of Medical Genetics, based in the University of Iowa Department of Pediatrics and UI Children’s Hospital, is a comprehensive statewide resource for families and health care professionals.

Our multidisciplinary team provides hospital- and clinic-based medical care for children and adults with genetic conditions. Testing, diagnosis, counseling, and treatment services include:

  • Iowa Newborn Screening Program, a partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the State Hygienic Laboratory to test every baby born in Iowa for more than 25 metabolic disorders. For details, visit Testing for a Healthy Baby.
  • Metabolic Genetics Clinic provides counseling, treatment, and follow-up care for children born with metabolic disorders—conditions that affect how the body makes or uses energy from foods.
  • Cytogenetics and Molecular Laboratory, a nationally accredited and certified facility that tests and analyzes subtle changes in genes and chromosomes to assist in the diagnosis of complex developmental problems in children.
  • General Genetics Clinic for children and adults who are at risk or may show signs of a genetics-related disease or disorder.
  • Connective Tissue Disorders Clinic for children and adults who have disorders affecting structural connective tissues—including the skin, ligaments, tendons, blood vessels, and other tissues that support many of the body’s organs and functions.
  • Neurofibromatosis Clinic, a nationally affiliated member of the Neurofibromatosis Clinic Network through the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The clinic offers the latest treatments for neurofibromatosis—a nervous-system condition that causes tumors to grow anywhere in the body and can affect the normal development of tissues such as bone and skin.
  • Genetics Outreach Clinics offer statewide genetic health care services and education for individuals, families, and health care providers. Outreach clinics are held in the following Iowa cities: Ames, Bettendorf, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Mason City, and Waterloo.

We understand that genetic diseases and disorders affect families as well as individuals. Our medical team provides the information, support, and follow-up you need to make informed decisions. We will work with your family physician so you will continue to receive the best all-around care as you move forward. We also collaborate with state and federal agencies, educators, researchers, support groups, and others to provide the latest information and treatment options for Iowans and their families.

Encyclopedia Articles

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Genetics Patient Information

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ADAM Articles

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Patient Stories

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Krystal’s Story

After being born with Marfan’s syndrome, Krystal now waits for a heart transplant at UI Children’s.Read more about Krystal’s story.

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”They say timing is everything, and I’m a firm believer in that now.”

A new standardized test for infants alerted doctors to Zach’s MCAD deficiency, possibly saving his young life.Read more about Zach’s story.

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"We have an explanation." A family searches for answers.

A woman shares her family's experience in her own words. Read more about the Lange family's story

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"He’s Superman.”

Isaac could hardly breathe as a baby, but now his father calls him Superman. Read more about Isaac’s story.

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Zephan Just Keeps Beating the Odds

Zephan was born with Alagille syndrome and has had many surgeries because of it, but has made giant strides.Read more about Zephan’s story.

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“He’s just our little guy.”

Andrew was growing up a little bit smaller than the rest of his classmates and new tests revealed why.Read more about Andrew’s story.

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Treating a Rare Disease

Ross suffers from a condition only forty others in the world do. Read more about Ross’s story.

Locations and Contact

Iowa City, Iowa

UI Children's Hospital
Pediatric Specialty Clinic
200 Hawkins Drive, 2400 Colloton Pavilion
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Parking: Parking and Wayfinding. Valet Services Available
In House Directions: Take Elevator F to Level 2.

Hours

Monday through Friday
8 am-5 pm

Contact

  • Appointment: 319-356-2229
  • Emergency: 319-356-1616
  • Toll Free: 888-573-KIDS (5437)

Bettendorf, Iowa

University of Iowa Children's Hospital - Pediatric Specialty Services
Genesis Health Group
865 Lincoln Road, Suite 500
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

Contact

  • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)

Ames, Iowa

McFarland Clinic
1215 Duff Avenue, 2nd Floor
Ames, Iowa

Contact

  • Phone: 877-891-5350

Dubuque, Iowa

Mercy Medical Center
250 Mercy Drive
Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Contact

  • Phone: 877-891-5350

Fort Dodge, Iowa

Physician's Office Building West (behind Trinity Regional Hospital)
804 Kenyon Road, Suite L
Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501

Contact

  • Phone: 877-891-5350

Johnston, Iowa

ChildServe (Des Moines/Johnston)
5406 Merle Hay Road
Johnston, Iowa 50131

Contact

  • Phone: 877-891-5350

Mason City, Iowa

Mohawk Square
22 Georgia Avenue, Suite 310
Mason City, Iowa 50401

Contact

  • Phone: 877-891-5350

Waterloo, Iowa

Covenant Medical Center
3421 West 9th Street, Suite G4400
Waterloo, Iowa 50702

Contact

  • Phone: 877-891-5350

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