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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. Types of incidental findings include variants that are known to cause a predisposition to developing conditions such as 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 (for example, the reported father or mother is not the patient’s biological parent).

Last updated on 13th August, 2021