Don’t undertake genetic testing when clinical diagnostic criteria exist and there are no reproductive or predictive testing implications.
Like other screening or diagnostic tests, genetic tests do not have inherent utility. It is the adoption of therapeutic or preventive interventions that influences health outcomes. If clinical diagnostic criteria already exist for the condition in question and there are no reproductive or other predictive testing implications as a result of definitively identifying a genetic cause for the condition, then this renders genetic testing unnecessary.
Ferner RE, Huson SM, Thomas N, et al. Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of individuals with neurofibromatosis 1. Journal of Medical Genetics 2007;44:81-88.
A preliminary list was developed by the Lead Fellow which was then distributed to all the clinical geneticists in Australia who are all members of the Australasian Association of Clinical Geneticists (AACG), a special interest group of the HGSA. Following feedback the topic was revisited at a meeting of this group during the annual scientific conference of the HGSA, after which the list was finalised.
- 1 Don’t use brain magnetic resonance imagery (MRI) for routine surveillance of asymptomatic neurofibromatosis type 1
- 2 Don’t undertake sequential testing for heterogeneous genetic disorders when targeted next generation sequencing (NGS) is available
- 3 Don’t undertake genetic testing for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), apolipoprotein E (APOE) and other such tests where the clinical utility for diagnostic purposes is extremely low
- 4 Don’t undertake carrier state testing for rare recessive disorders where a partner has a family history, the couple is non-consanguineous and there are no common causative mutations.
- 5 Don’t undertake genetic testing when clinical diagnostic criteria exist and there are no reproductive or predictive testing implications.