Clinical Genetics in Christchurch

Clinical geneticists

deal with the assessment, testing and diagnosis of inherited conditions. Examples of

genetic disorders

are

cystic fibrosis

and

sickle cell anaemia

.

Genetic testing

is also used to determine the risk of a

predisposition

for a disorder either in pre pregnancy or during pregnancy. Disorders and cancer in the patient’s familial medical history is one of the main reasons for referral to a geneticist.

Genetic counselling

is usually accompanied with seeing a genetic specialist to assist patients and their families during assessment and after diagnosis. Certain diagnoses can influence a patient’s decision making around future pregnancies. Post diagnosis a management plan of the disorder and its consequences is created and advised to the patient’s primary healthcare professional. Further referrals are often made to specialists of the diagnosed disorder.

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