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The procedure of a genetic examination is very simple for patients: a simple blood sample or cheek swab is enough. Individual genetic counselling before and after a genetic analysis is crucial: before the genetic examination, it is determined whether and which genetic tests make sense (indication). Genetic counselling after the test ensures that the genetic test is interpreted correctly and that appropriate therapeutic or preventive measures are initiated.

Hirslanden Precise - genetic medicine
Forchstrasse 452 8702 Zollikon


Step 1
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Is done by the family doctor or a specialist.

Step 2

Preliminary discussion & consent

The key to genetic testing is to ask clear questions. A doctor must know exactly what he is looking for and always assess the genetic findings in the context of a patient's symptoms. Before the genetic test, there is a preliminary genetic discussion to determine the indication and the genes to be examined. Written consent from the patient is mandatory.

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If necessary, the cases are discussed by specialists from a variety of disciplines and recommendations are made.


Step 3
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A blood sample is taken by qualified personnel and sent to the Precise laboratory. Depending on the situation, cheek swabs can also be used.

Step 4
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Laboratory analysis

Samples are analysed in the certified Precise Laboratory using specialised genetic methods and evaluated on the computer with the aid of bioinformatics programmes. 

Step 5

Evaluation & reporting

The commissioning doctor receives the results in the form of a written report. The patients receive a copy of the report after the genetic findings have been discussed.

Step 6

Genetic counselling & individual treatment recommendation

The results of the analysis are explained in a conversation so that they can be interpreted correctly. On the basis of the genetic results, further care is provided by the family doctor or specialist. Depending on the situation, further individual diagnostic and/or therapeutic measures will be recommended.