Presymptomatic Diagnosis

Abstract

Presymptomatic diagnosis implies the discovery of indications of future disease. In order to allow patients to weigh up the benefits and the risks of the medical, psychological and social implications of possible future disease, presymptomatic diagnosis should be a part of genetic counseling.

Keywords: presymptomatic diagnosis; predictive genetic testing; probabilistic nature of genetic tests; prevention of disease; genetic counseling

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Schmidtke, Jörg(Jan 2006) Presymptomatic Diagnosis. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0005571]