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Role of Genetic Testing in Diagnosis and Treatment of Developmental Delay

07.07.2019 | 10:05 am

Development delay in children can be determined through observation, family history specifications, diagnostic tests and physical examinations. In the case of disorders pertaining to undefined etiology, genetic tests offer an added diagnostic tool. They serve as the primary-line of testing for children facing development delay disorders. 

A genetic test is usually recommended when there could be a family history of genetic issues or if there are specific patterns worth probing into. Tests are highly sophisticated and capable of identifying up to 98% of genetic abnormalities.   

Conducting Genetic Tests for parents is generally a part of the entire process to identify whether the parent has the abnormality or not, and determine the best course of action. This also helps the expert understand if the genetic variation is the primary cause of the disorder at hand. 

Why genetic testing?

Genetic testing gives a three-fold view into development delay disorders aiding in diagnosis, prognosis and therapy. The biggest advantage of this form of testing is that the exact type of a specific disorder can be ascertained. As such, the physician gains an insight into the natural progression and history of the disease, so that the family can be given an idea of its prognosis. 

Furthermore, test results can help determine the most effective treatment route and which medication might be the most effective. The level of precision greatly assists the entire treatment process.  Genetic testing is also a precautionary measure to reduce risks of recurrence within the coming generations. 

If your child is facing development delay, they could benefit from genetic testing. Reach out to our team to book an appointment with Neuropedia. To find out more about our Genetics Clinic, click here.