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Patient and Family Resources

Although the Johns Hopkins DNA Diagnostic Laboratory website is a site for health care professionals, patients and families often use our site to find information about the conditions we test for, and about genetic testing in general.

DNA Diagnostic Lab Resources

To find more information about the specific conditions tested by each test or panel go to our Test Search page and click on the condition you wish to learn more about. At the bottom of each individual test page, you will find links to more information that may be useful to patients and their families.

For general information on genetic testing, you may wish to review the following:

  • Our flier: "Things Every Patient Should Know Before Consenting to a Genetic Test"is a very brief list of things to consider before testing. Many patients find it helpful in fostering good dialog with their doctors.
  • Our brochure: "Reasons for Genetic Testing" outlines many of the reasons your doctor or counselor might want to order genetic testing for you. This is a tri-fold brochure that will print out on two pages. You can read the pages as-is, or place them back-to-back and fold them into a brochure.
  • "Understanding Your Gene Sequencing Results" is a brochure that walks you through some of the types of results that are possible after a gene sequencing test. It includes information about the certainty that gene changes cause disease. This is a tri-fold brochure that will print out on two pages. You can read the pages as-is, or place them back-to-back and fold them into a brochure.

Please keep in mind that the information in these resources is often general and may not apply to your particular case. Still, you may find them useful as background information, as introductions into the process of having a test or understanding results or as ways to organize your questions for your health care provider.

Other Resources

If these resources don't answer your questions, you can always ask your doctor, genetic counselor or other health care provider for more information.

If you need a genetics health care provider, these sites will help you locate one near you: