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Blood test at dyspraxia assessment??

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3boys3dogshelp Wed 11-Jan-17 00:11:04

My DS is currently being assessed for dyspraxia.
The paediatrician today seemed pretty sure of the diagnosis and it's no surprise whatsoever to us.
However during his assessment today the dr made a comment about ds not needing a blood test yet as he has reasonable muscle tone in his thighs?? I meant to ask what he meant but the conversation moved on and I forgot to go back to it.
I'm struggling to find any info online. I know there are no bloods that could help with a dyspraxia DS, I'm just wondering if he is also considering something else??

3boys3dogshelp Wed 11-Jan-17 08:22:01

Hopeful bump

Manumission Wed 11-Jan-17 08:25:06

It's part of excluding differential diagnoses.

I can't remember everything they test for (possibly a changing list anyway) but I'm pretty sure it's routine and if you have no concerns about an organic issue I wouldn't worry.

3boys3dogshelp Wed 11-Jan-17 09:44:40

Thanks, I'm struggling to find out what those differentials might be (that could be picked up with bloods).
I think I am probably fussing about nothing but I didn't have a straightforward pregnancy, he had the cord around his neck at birth and a long pushing stage as they didn't realise straight away. He showed a very strong preference for his left hand from a very early age... I'm wondering if there is a bit more to it.
Also feeling very guilty for noticing issues for a long time and dismissing them as left handedness.

Manumission Wed 11-Jan-17 09:58:59

Are you concerned about it being a query around CP?

Call and ask if it's playing on your mind.

Manumission Wed 11-Jan-17 10:00:09

And don't feel guilty. We feel guilty too much as a group. About everything flowers

Msqueen33 Wed 11-Jan-17 10:04:53

Both my dd's have autism and both had genetic tests done. It was to rule out any other conditions such as fragile X. Normally they see if there's any chromosomes missing etc. It's normally quite standard for anything in this type of area.

NotCitrus Wed 11-Jan-17 10:09:21

They also like checking vitamin D levels, as low vitD is being increasinly associated with all sorts of issues including neuro development. It's mostly just to ensure other diagnoses can be excluded.

NewUserName01 Wed 11-Jan-17 10:09:29

I can remember my niece having a muscle biopsy before she was diagnosed with dyspraxia. This was a long time ago (she's 24 now) but her muscle tone had always been very poor. I'm not sure what they were ruling out.

Try not to feel guilty. We hadn't realised my niece needed glasses until she was about 5; she needed a very strong prescription (+7). We then put down her lack of coordination to the fact she hadn't been able to see properly. It took a long time to work it all out. flowers

backinthebox Wed 11-Jan-17 10:15:45

Dyspraxia can be a stand-alone condition or part of a syndrome which could give rise to other health problems. I suspect what the doctor was saying was that he doesn't feel the need to test for anything further given your DS's current symptoms, which I would read as a good sign.

3boys3dogshelp Wed 11-Jan-17 10:26:04

Thanks everyone.
Back - that's what I thought at the time and now I suspect I am overthinking it!
Think I need to take a step back and remember just how brilliant he is rather than just thinking about possible conditions. In fact i suppose he is even more brilliant now I realise just how well he is coping with school and everything else. I knew he was 'clumsy' but I was genuinely shocked at how much he struggled with some of the assessments yesterday. He wasn't bothered he was giggling when he couldn't do stuff and chatting away to the dr non stop.

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