Rinsho Shinkeigaku (Clinical Neurology)

Symposium 1

The present condition and problem of presymptomatic genetic testing

Chieko Kukinaka, R.N., LL.M.1)

1)Faculty of Life Science, Kumamoto University

For neuromuscular disease the best diagnosis is by genetic testing. Genetic testing is very important, however, the influence which a positive result can have on a family is very considerable. It can affect the family's lifestyle a lot. For example presymptomatic and prenatal genetic testing may be necessary for the family's children when they become adults themselves. We did qualitative research with five people who received presymptomatic genetic testing because of a family member with familial amyloidic polyneropathy. Heredity problems had a big influence on their life and on family dynamics. In order to support hereditary disease patients and their families, it is important to make a system which all medical institutions can use to help them cooperate together and deal with the treatment of hereditary diseases.
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(CLINICA NEUROL, 53: 1003|1005, 2013)
key words: presymptomatic genetic testing, familial amyloid polyneuropathy, experience, genetic counseling

(Received: 29-May-13)