doctors did genetic test - does anyone know what these test for?

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it was done as a blood test at a GP surgery... I'm just worried

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it was done as a blood test at a GP surgery... I'm just worried

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Well. Genetic tests are usually done with geneticists after you speak to a genetic counsellor (this is how it went for me anyway). Genetic tests can look for specific genes or mutations in said specific genes or they can look generally at the whole exome sequence. Depends.

Genetic testing looks for genetic illnesses.
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Well. Genetic tests are usually done with geneticists after you speak to a genetic counsellor (this is how it went for me anyway). Genetic tests can look for specific genes or mutations in said specific genes or they can look generally at the whole exome sequence. Depends.

Genetic testing looks for genetic illnesses.
What does genetic illness include? Are certain illnesses found in genetic tests? This was the whole exome sequence I think. Thanks
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Have a look at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/geneti...nomic-testing/
You could also call the surgery and ask to speak to the GP about the tests.
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What does genetic illness include? Are certain illnesses found in genetic tests? This was the whole exome sequence I think. Thanks
It's an incredibly broad category, I'd be here all day listing things. It's unlikely your GP actually did a genetic test as they're not a geneticist; are you seeing a geneticist? You may have misinterepreted what your GP told you. What illness are they thinking you might have?
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I'm not sure what illness it was. It was a registrar in the GPs though. Thanks for the help I phoned the GP but they had no record of it.
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I'm not sure what illness it was. It was a registrar in the GPs though. Thanks for the help I phoned the GP but they had no record of it.
No record of the blood test at all?
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No record of the blood test at all?
that's correct. it was taken at a different surgery though. I'm just gonna forget about it i think
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that's correct. it was taken at a different surgery though. I'm just gonna forget about it i think
Can you call that different surgery?
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probably not my mum says because they're too busy because of covid

thanks for the help anyway
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probably not my mum says because they're too busy because of covid

thanks for the help anyway
They're not too busy. You're still entitled to know what's going on/what you had tested, the pandemic doesn't ban you from health care. I'd call them.
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I phoned up and they didn't have it on record. It was just a registrar said he thought it would be wise (well he offered me a genes test) and I had my bloods taken, I was just curious. My mum says it might be on my record and not with the record I phoned up about I don't know it's very confusing. Thanks anyway
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I phoned up and they didn't have it on record. It was just a registrar said he thought it would be wise (well he offered me a genes test) and I had my bloods taken, I was just curious. My mum says it might be on my record and not with the record I phoned up about I don't know it's very confusing. Thanks anyway
Of course, but genetics is a very specialist area, was the registrar a clinical geneticist? There would have been paperwork, confidentiality forms, etc. to fill in also before you agreed to genetic testing. And as I said you lilely would've spoken to a genetic counsellor prior to create a family tree.

I do hope whoever this registrar is gets back to you soon, but I doubt that specific blood test you had was for genetic testing based on the random bits of information you've written here. You are entitled to know specifically what they were taking the blood for. As I said, I've been to genetics and it doesn't change much where ever you are seen.

Regardless, whatever it is, I hope things get better.
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I don't know what speciality the registrar was. Thanks for the help
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There are very few genetic tests a GP would be ordering. There are plenty of other blood tests that would diagnose genetic conditions, of course. Like a simple full blood count identifying sickle cell anaemia, as an example.

This does sound very unusual.

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I phoned up and they didn't have it on record. It was just a registrar said he thought it would be wise (well he offered me a genes test) and I had my bloods taken, I was just curious. My mum says it might be on my record and not with the record I phoned up about I don't know it's very confusing. Thanks anyway
Wow you phoned in the 13 minutes between this post and your last? Impressive.
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