Here we provide an overview of the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ).
What should be taken into account before a genetic analysis?
The German Genetic Diagnostics Act (Gendiagnostikgesetz, GenDG) requires the provision of detailed information on the nature, significance and scope of the test, as well as a written informed consent before conducting any genetic test. The physician in charge can initiate genetic diagnostics for patients with clinical symptoms after the patient, parent or legal guardian has given his or her written consent.
You can find our request form for molecular genetic diagnostics, which already provides the required consent form, here
Is on-site genetic counseling possible at Medizinische Genetik Mainz?
Patients can be referred to our genetic consultation at any time. We conduct genetic counseling either on-site in Mainz or at other human genetics locations of the Limbach Group, or alternatively via video.
What information should be noted on the request form for genetic diagnostics?
In addition to the patient’s personal data, clinical information is an important basis for the evaluation of our analysis. Therefore, we need all available clinical information about the patient, preferably noted directly on the request form or in the form of medical reports.
In addition to the request form we require referral form no. 10 to process samples from patients who have statutory health insurance coverage in Germany. Please state your test request and the ICD10 code of the suspected disorder.
Patients with private insurance coverage must provide a confirmation of cost acceptance by their private health insurance provider. A cost estimate will be issued by us in advance, if requested, and will be sent to the patient at the latest when we receive the sample.
The German Genetic Diagnostics Act (Gendiagnostikgesetz, GenDG) requires the provision of detailed information on the nature, significance and scope of the test, as well as a written patient consent (informed consent) before conducting any genetic test.
You can find our request form for molecular genetic diagnostics, which already provides the consent form to be signed by the patient, here
What has to be considered when shipping the samples? What material is required?
3-5 ml EDTA-blood are required for molecular genetic analysis. For infants, 1 ml is sufficient. The samples can be shipped uncooled by regular postal service. Please make sure to protect the samples against any damage and use appropriate transport containers.
In the case of urgent diagnostics, prior notification to us is advisable and the samples should be sent by express. You can find our request form for genetic diagnosticshere
Which information is included in the medical report of a genetic analysis?
After completion of the analysis, we prepare a concise and clearly structured report that is sent to the referring physician.
The report is a detailed expert assessment and contains a summary and conclusion of the most important information on page 1, as well as a detailed interpretation, evaluation and explanation of the obtained results.
Detected genetic alterations are classified in the report, and clear recommendations for clinical action as well as risk assessment for family members and offspring is given.
Furthermore, the report contains information on the methods used, including quality parameters and a list of all genes analysed.
If you are interested in examples of our medical reports, please feel free to contact us.