The Hong Kong Cytogenetics and Medical Genetics Center (HKCMGC) provides a range of Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetic testing options in-house, which are rarely available in one single private core facility in Hong Kong. HKCMGC aims to help the public and physicians through its provision of comprehensive and affordable testing, and in doing so, allows informed decisions on the management of a customized health care plan.
HKCMGC provides various state-of-the-art lab services which include:
We accept blood samples. You may find the sample requirement of each test in Sample Collection Requirement under Policy.
Our proactive genetic test report will include interpretation on variants for which there is known clinical significance, and provides you with insight into your genetic risk of developing inherited diseases.
High risk / Positive (If a variant in the panel is detected)
The test has detected risk variant(s) associated to the condition in the gene(s) that we tested. This does not mean that you will definitely develop the condition but rather that you have a predisposition to developing the condition.
Low risk / Negative (if a variant in the panel is not detected)
You do not carry risk variant(s) associated to the condition in the gene(s) that we tested. Other genetic and environmental factors may influence your risk of developing disease.
Undetermined risk (a variant of uncertain significance is detected)
A variant is detected but there is not enough medical research available to know whether the variant increases your risk of developing the condition. Variant of uncertain significance results are relatively common and should not be used to make health decisions.
The turn around time (TAT) varies with different test. It takes 12 to 22 working days to complete the report upon your sample arrival at our laboratory. You may refer to Sample Collection Requirement under Policy for the TAT details of each test.
It depends on your medical and family histories and your current medical conditions etc. You may contact us to learn more about your options. Our genetics consultant will discuss with you about the consequences of the disorder, the probability of developing or transmitting it and the options available for disease management and family before you decide whether to do the test or not.
Every HKCMGC test includes access to a report consultation session, suggestion on lifestyle change, surveillance and intervention options will be provided by our genetics consultant.
If you have a risk variant, we recommend that you discuss your report with your doctor, to work out a care management plan together based on your personal and family history. However, high risk / positive result in proactive genetic testing does not necessarily mean that you will develop the condition, as other factors such as lifestyle and environment collectively dictate whether the disease will develop and progress. Always consult with a healthcare professional before making any medical decisions.