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Genetic Testing

Phronetik™ offers genetic testing to help patients nd their providers build a wellness plan that is personalized to the individual's unique DNA.

 

Genetic testing looks for changes in your DNA that can inform your medical care. Talk to your doctor about whether genetic testing is right for you.

Reasons for Genetic Testing

  • To learn whether you have a genetic condition that runs in your family before you have symptoms.

  • To learn about the chance a current or future pregnancy will have a genetic condition.

  • To diagnose a genetic condition if you or your child has symptoms

  • To understand and guide your cancer prevention or treatment plan.

 

After learning more about genetic testing, you might decide it’s not right for you. Some reasons might be that it’s not relevant to you or won’t change your medical care, it’s too expensive, and the results may make you worried or anxious.

Single Gene Testing

Single gene tests look for changes in only one gene. Single gene testing is done when your doctor believes you or your child have symptoms of a specific condition or syndrome. Some examples of this are Duchene muscular dystrophy or sickle cell disease. Single gene testing is also used when there is a known genetic mutation in a family.

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Panel Testing

A panel genetic test looks for changes in many genes in one test. Genetic testing panels are usually grouped in categories based on different kinds of medical concerns. Some examples of genetic panel tests are low muscle tone, short stature, or epilepsy. Panel genetic tests can also be grouped into genes that are all associated with higher risk of developing certain kinds of cancer, like breast or colorectal (colon) cancer.

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Large-scale Genetic or Genomic Testing

There are two different kinds of large-scale genetic tests.

  • Exome sequencing looks at all the genes in the DNA (whole exome) or just the genes that are related to medical conditions (clinical exome).

  • Genome sequencing is the largest genetic test and looks at all of a person’s DNA, not just the genes

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