THE UNFULFILLED PROMISE OF GENETIC TESTING

According to a new report, genetic testing is advancing so rapidly, that it is create some unintended consequences for patients. Patients are getting one diagnosis and starting treatment only to find out that they may get another diagnosis years later as a result of advanced testing. The advances that have been made have been a step forward in a positive direction for this type of testing. However as the report notes, going through these changes can be very physically and emotionally draining.

Furthermore: Another study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that, out of more than 300 epilepsy cases, nearly a third of the children had a change in diagnosis because of the emergence of new genetic data.