Genetics Northern California

Adult Genetics

Adult GeneticsGenetics is a medical specialty that focuses on conditions caused by changes in a person's genes. More adults are being seen in Genetics as new genes are discovered for genetic conditions that develop after childhood. Genetics also provides ongoing specialty care as children with genetic conditions reach adulthood. 

If you have been referred to Genetics, you can learn more about what to expect at your visit by clicking on the handout below:

The Adult Genetics Appointment
Depending on the situation, an adult genetics appointment may be an in-person visit, a telephone visit, or a video visit. You may talk with a genetic counselor, a genetics doctor (called a medical geneticist), or both.  Genetic counselors and geneticists often work together as a team.  The genetic counselor asks about your medical history and your family history. A physical examination may be done by the doctor as part of some in-person visits. If you received medical care outside Kaiser, you may be asked for a copy of the records. You can get these records by filling out a medical release form. It can sometimes take several weeks to receive records from another hospital or clinic.

Genetic testing is available for some genetic conditions. Genetic testing is most useful when the medical history and family history suggests a change is likely to be found in a person's genes. When testing is offered, the genetic counselor explains the possible results and what those results might mean for your medical care and your family.  Genetic testing is usually done by taking a small blood sample. The sample is sent to a laboratory that specialized in genetic testing.   

After the Visit
The geneticist and genetic counselor both welcome calls after the appointment to address any questions or concerns. Questions can also be sent by secure e-mail using The Message Center located on the Kaiser Permanente website. If a follow-up test or evaluation was ordered, you will be told when to expect the results and how the results will be given to you.

Last reviewed: October 20, 2016
Reviewed by: Kimberly Barr, LCGC - Kaiser Permanente Genetics