If you have wondered about the possibility of you developing a genetic disease or passing a genetic condition on to your children, you may want to consider genetic testing. Genetic testing is a cutting-edge form of medicine that allows medical professionals to view changes in your DNA that may cause the onset of genetic conditions in the future.
Dr. Tina Sindwani and her expert team offer genetic testing in addition to her concierge primary care and preventive care services. These genetic tests can be used in conjunction with her other services to provide you with a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. Our ultimate goal is to help you lead a happy and healthy life through expert medical care.
What is Genetic Testing?
Genetic testing is a process used to identify changes in a patient’s DNA or genes. This type of testing is used to help diagnose and treat genetic conditions and illnesses, as well as predict the chances of developing certain diseases such as genetic disorders or cancer. It can also be used to determine if a person carries a gene for a particular condition that could potentially be passed on to their children. Genetic testing can provide valuable information for individuals and families looking to make informed decisions about their health and future.
What Does Genetic Testing Detect?
There are several reasons why a patient may want to undergo genetic testing. Some of the most common reasons our patients choose genetic testing are:
- To learn about genetic conditions that run in your family prior to experiencing symptoms.
- To learn about the chances your children will be passed a genetic condition.
- To diagnose a genetic condition you or your child may have.
- To understand cancer prevention and treatment.
If you are interested in receiving genetic testing, it is important you talk to Dr. Sindwani about what you may find in your genetic testing results and determine whether genetic testing is right for you.
Types of Genetic Testing
There are several different genetic tests available, each of which detects different abnormalities within the genes and therefore different genetic conditions. The type of genetic test you will need will depend on the type of condition you are testing for, your family history, and your medical history. Dr. Sindwnai will discuss each of these with you in great detail prior to your appointment to ensure you have an individualized approach to your genetic testing.
Although there are several types of genetic tests available, there are three that are most commonly used:
Single Gene Testing
Single gene testing is done when Dr. Sindwani believes there are changes or abnormalities in a single gene within your DNA. This test is commonly performed on those who have symptoms associated with a specific condition or disorder.
A panel test looks at a wide array of genes in a single test. These genetic tests are typically grouped into categories depending on the patient’s symptoms and medical concerns. For example, genetic panel tests may include short stature, low muscle mass, or epilepsy.
Large Scale Testing
Large-scale testing looks at genome sequences and exome sequences. These large-scale genome and exome sequence tests are generally ordered when a patient has a complex condition with a wide range of symptoms.
Genetic Testing in NYC
Genetic testing is a great way for our patients to better understand their bodies from the inside out. Dr. Tina Sindwani is proud to offer genetic testing in addition to a wide range of other concierge medicine services to men and women across New York City. To learn more about our preventive medicine services, contact our office in New York City, New York, at (646) 820-7101.