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Smith J.,Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital | Crowe K.,Genetic Health Queensland | McGaughran J.,Genetic Health Queensland | Robertson T.,Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital
Annals of Diagnostic Pathology | Year: 2012

This is the first reported case of a sebaceous adenoma arising within an ovarian mature cystic teratoma in a patient with Muir-Torre syndrome. The pathologic findings and a literature review are presented, including the importance and possible benefits of an early diagnosis of Muir-Torre syndrome. It is proposed that the presence of a sebaceous adenoma in an ovarian cystic teratoma may serve as a useful trigger to consider further history and investigations, with the goal of identifying an important genetic cancer predisposition syndrome.


Scuffham T.M.,Genetic Health Queensland | McInerny-Leo A.,University of Queensland | Ng S.-K.,Griffith University | Mellick G.,Princess Alexandra Hospital | Mellick G.,Griffith University
Journal of Community Genetics | Year: 2014

Advances in genetic tests provide valuable information for clinicians and patients around risks and inheritance of Parkinson's Disease (PD); however, questions arise whether those affected or at risk of PD will want genetic testing, particularly given that there are no preventive or disease-modifying therapies currently available. This study sought to determine knowledge and attitudes toward genetic testing for those affected with PD. A cross-sectional study was undertaken using a standardized questionnaire with six multi-choice genetic knowledge and 17 multi-choice attitude items. Participants were selected from a registry of people affected with PD living in Queensland, Australia. Half of the selected index cases had a family history of PD. Ordinal regression was used to evaluate the association between support for genetic testing and demographic, knowledge, and other attitudinal factors. The level of genetic knowledge was relatively low (37 % correct responses). The vast majority supported diagnostic testing (97 %) and 90 % would undertake a genetic test themselves. Support for predictive was lower (78 %) and prenatal genetic testing had the least support (58 %). Benefits of testing were identified as the ability to know the child's risk, seek therapies, and helping science with finding a cure. Concerns about genetic testing included potential emotional reactions and test accuracy. Genetic knowledge was not significantly associated with attitudes towards genetic testing. Patients with PD have strong interest in genetic testing for themselves with support for diagnostic testing but less support for predictive and prenatal testing. Genetic knowledge was unrelated to testing attitudes. © 2013 Springer-Verlag.


PubMed | Materials Childrens Hospital and Genetic Health Queensland
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Children (Basel, Switzerland) | Year: 2016

Autism is an etiologically heterogeneous developmental disorder for which the range of genetic investigations has expanded considerably over the past decade. Introduction of chromosomal microarray (CMA) to clinical practice has expanded the range of conditions which pediatricians are able to detect. This study reviewed the utilization, yield and cost of genetic investigations in a sample of children with pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) in an Australian metropolitan child development service. Six hundred and ninety eight patients with PDD were identified from the clinic population. One hundred and ten (15.7%) of the clinic population had undergone investigation with chromosomal microarray, 140 (20.0%) with karyotype (KT), and 167 (23.9%) with Fragile X testing (FRGX). Twelve (10.9%) CMA findings were reported, of which seven (6.3%) were felt to be the likely cause of the childs clinical features. Five (3.5%) KT findings were reported, of which four (2.9%) were felt to be the likely cause of the childs clinical features. Two patients (1.2%) were identified with Fragile X expansions. One fifth of the clinics recent PDD population had undergone testing with CMA. CMA appears to have increased the diagnostic yield of the genetic investigation of autism, in line with internationally reported levels. Number needed to test (NNT) and cost per incremental diagnosis, were also in line with internationally reportedlevels.

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