Birth Defects


At Greenwood Genetic Center, we're committed to helping patients with all types of genetic birth defects. With state-of-the-art technology and industry experts our team diligently researches, develops, and discovers treatment options for many types of genetic birth defects.

Genetic Birth Defects

About 3 percent of all children or one baby in every 33 born in the United States has a birth defect, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Greenwood Genetic Center team is dedicated to helping both the patient and their families better understand conditions such as achondroplasia, Marfan syndrome, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, and Tay-Sachs, among many others.

At Greenwood Genetic Center, our geneticists strive to provide you with the support and guidance for your unique situation. Providing you with access to the latest research and treatment options.

Our Research and Testing

Our team takes the time to work with you to better understand the underlying cause of your child's birth defect while also researching the genetic link. We offer a full diagnostic laboratory for testing, educational programs and resources to further your path towards treatment. We're committed to developing both preventative and curative therapies for each one of our patients.

A few areas of specific focus within our offices include:

Split Hand and Foot Syndrome

Split Hand/Split Foot Malformation is a rare condition characterized by a partial or a full absence of fingers or toes. Many patients who have this will also have clefts in the feet or hands. This condition is often recognizable by webbing located between the toes or the fingers, creating a claw-like appearance. It's caused by an autosomal dominant trait in some families. It can also occur randomly.

Birth Defects Prevention Program

Neural tube defects (NTDs) are abnormalities of the developing brain and spine. These defects occur very early in pregnancy, often before the mother realizes she’s pregnant. To help prevent NTDs, Greenwood Genetic Center and its partners formed the SC Birth Defects Prevention Program. GGC's program has become one of the nation's leading examples of NTD prevention.

Supportive Care with Greenwood Genetic Center

While not all genetic conditions have a cure, many treatments can help improve and extend quality of life. Greenwood Genetic Center aims to work closely with your family striving to provide exceptional medical genetics expertise and care. Contact us today to learn more.

Lucy's Story

Lucy's Story

When our daughter Lucy had a metabolic crisis at 7 days old, we were shocked and devastated to find out that she was born with a rare genetic disorder (MSUD). Her newborn screening results did not make it back in time to prevent the crisis, and no one at our local hospital was familiar with the disease. They did not know how to treat her. Calls were made to Greenwood Genetic Center to confirm her diagnosis...

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