Connective Tissue Gene Tests (CTGT) is a diagnostic laboratory that specializes in genetic testing. Our laboratory works closely with physicians and health care professionals who specialize in genetic disorders. We are not a clinic and do not provide direct patient consultation. In addition, CTGT does not accept samples directly from patients. All test requests must come through your physician. Likewise, CTGT will only send results back to your physician so that he/she can review all relevant findings with you.
How To Get Help
If you are a patient seeking genetic testing or have questions about a specific disorder we recommend that you contact a genetics clinic. Most university hospitals and children’s hospitals have genetics departments and a team of healthcare providers who specialize in evaluating and diagnosing genetic disorders. Members of this team often include a geneticist and a genetic counselor. A geneticist is a physician specialized in evaluating and diagnosing genetic conditions. A genetic counselor is an individual with graduate training and is specialized in helping patients understand the complexity of genetic disorders and testing.
If you are interested in more information regarding a particular genetic disorder it may be helpful to search for a patient advocacy group. Advocacy groups are organizations dedicated to supplying information and establishing contacts among individuals who share a common genetic condition. These organizations are a good source of information and often times maintain referral lists of specialists experienced with a specific condition. Some examples of organizations dedicated to connective tissue disorders include: