Manipal Hospitals' Department of Genetics is a collection of state of the art facilities that specializes in genetic evaluations, diagnostics and treatment. The department consists of a team of multi-disciplinary specialists that are experts in clinical biomedical genetics, clinical genetics, genomics and laboratory genetics and pharmacogenetics, all of which are extremely specialised fields of medicine.
Manipal Hospitals' team of expert genetic medicine specialists diagnose, treat and manage hereditary disorders of various kinds. Patients are given access to the most comprehensive treatment plans and advised on the right approach to making their decisions. Our genetic medicine specialists work across departments like Haematology, Neurology, Oncology, Developmental Delays, Cardiology, Congenital Diseases and Oncology (cancer) to help diagnose and treat complex genetic disorders that can otherwise be overlooked.
One of the most common genetic medicine procedures used today is in prenatal testing. The two types of prenatal testing procedures are screenings and diagnostic tests. A screening test evaluates the likelihood of the fetus having certain genetic disorders. A diagnostic test takes a sample of cells from the fetus or placenta to determine whether the…
Manipal Hospitals' is equipped with hi-tech genetic labs that are used to diagnose hereditary disorders and the right treatment plans through in-depth analysis of DNA and RNA. The team can detect hereditary disorders even before birth and deploy corrective action at the right time.
One of the most common genetic medicine procedures used today is in prenatal testing. The two types of prenatal testing procedures are screenings and diagnostic tests. A screening test evaluates the likelihood of the fetus having certain genetic disorders. A diagnostic test takes a sample of cells from the fetus or placenta to determine whether the fetus has any genetic disorders. Prenatal testing allows a medical profession to examine whether a fetus is affected by any genetic disorder that could compromise safe childbirth as well as the future health of the child.
Normally, genetic testing is done for expected newborns in their fetal stage, or when a hereditary disorder is suspected in a patient. In the first visit, genetic screening is done to evaluate the chances of a hereditary disorder being present.
History of genetic disorders in the family Parents taking certain medications at the time of conception Age of the mother during childbirth (the higher it is, the greater the risk of abnormalities)
Physical abnormalities (enlarged, misshapen or unusually shaped ears, eyes, and facial features) Learning disabilities Multiple losses in pregnancy through infant deaths, stillbirths or miscarriages.
In most cases, knowing about the risks of genetic disease can help prevent them. Before conception, prospective parents are advised to take a Carrier Genetic Test (CGT) to check gene compatibility and to assess the risk factors to the child they are trying to conceive. If the results of the test are not favorable, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) can help them conceive a healthy child.
Genetic disorders are known to lie dormant among many individuals. This means that they carry the abnormal gene, but it is not active in the person. The abnormal genes can present itself in the next generation, which is why carrier genetic testing is an important step to take before conception.
Genetic medicine is an extremely specialized skillset and Manipal Hospitals understands the importance of providing complete healthcare for past and future generations. Our team of experts and state of the art genetic labs are a testament to this.
Contact us to know more about genetic disorders and book an appointment with one of our Genetic medicine specialists today.