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Definition

Unexpected results that are not related to the primary reason for requesting a genomic test.

Use in clinical context

Incidental findings may arise as a result of genomic tests, where a broader range of genomic information is sequenced rather than a more targeted test. Incidental findings include a variant that causes a predisposition to cancer when the reason for requesting the test was to identify the cause of a child’s developmental delay. Or, if multiple family members are being tested, this may also include information about parentage (i.e. the reported father or mother is not the patient’s biological parent).

Last updated on 8th October, 2019