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Clinical Genetics (Adult Genetics Unit)


The Adult Genetics Unit of the South Australian Clinical Genetics Service (SACGS) provides a state-wide service for the genetic assessment, counselling and testing of adults and their families with genetic/familial disorders. 

Clinics are held at metropolitan and country hospitals, and there is a component of outreach work in rural and remote Australia requiring the use of Telemedicine.

Based at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Adult Genetics Unit provides a specialist clinical genetics consultation service focussing on genetic diagnosis and testing for rare disorders.  

Services include:

  • Familial cancer genetic diagnosis and counselling
  • Huntington disease predictive testing service
  • Clinical/genetic diagnosis of syndromic connective tissue disorders and aortopathies (e.g. Marfan, Loeys-Dietz and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes)
  • Genetic assessment of familial endocrine disorders. The service does not provide ongoing patient management.

Advice is provided on the appropriate investigation of complex cases and interpretation/communication of the results. Organisation of extended family testing and predictive genetic testing is also offered.

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