Potential Genetic Test to Aid Autism Diagnosis
[Source: Medical News Today]
Recent genetic testing technologies could be useful in identifying genetic mutations linked to autism spectrum disorder, a study published in JAMA has found.
The tests were more likely to identify mutations in a subgroup of children with certain physical anomalies, making clinical examination an important way of selecting those children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who could benefit most from genetic testing.
“It is incontrovertible that precise diagnoses pave the way to better medical care, improved surveillance, better functional outcomes, and informed genetic counseling, often with the possibility of prenatal or preimplantation diagnosis,” says an editorial in the same issue of the journal.
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