Genetic Testing: What’s Involved?

Genetic Testing: What’s Involved?

Genetic tests usually involve:

Patients often have the chance to speak with their doctor or genetic counselor when learning about test results. Most results are shared in a few weeks, but sometimes, it can take 4-6 months.

If results of a diagnostic screening or genetic test show a genetic change or mutation, doctors can compare it to a list of genetic variants and mutations that are already known to cause a disease. We use the phrase “pathogenic mutation” when a mutation is known to cause the disease in the patients that carry one or two copies of the mutation.