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The procedure of a genetic test is very easy for patients. The decisive factor is individual advice from our experts before and after a genetic test. This way, we ensure that the mere laboratory analysis does not lead to false conclusions on the part of the patient.

Clear questioning is essential for genetic testing. A doctor needs to know exactly what he or she is looking for and always assess the genetic findings in the context of a patient's symptoms. There are various ways of doing this. In addition, every genetic test must be accompanied by genetic counselling.

Procedure

Step 1
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Registration

Is done by the family doctor or a specialist.

Step 2
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Preliminary discussion & consent

Before the test, there is a preliminary genetic discussion to determine the indication and the genes to be examined. Written consent from the patient is mandatory.

Genomic Board

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

Step 3
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Sampling

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

Step 4
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Laboratory analysis

The samples are analysed in the certified laboratory with specialised genetic methods and visualised on the computer with the help of bioinformatic programs. The analysis time is between 1–4 weeks, depending on the genetic diagnosis.

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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 findings have been discussed.

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Genetic counselling & individual treatment recommendation

The expert in genetic medicine explains the analysis results in an interview so that there are no misinterpretations. 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.