American College of Medical Genetics guideline on the cytogenetic evaluation of the individual with developmental delay or mental retardation

Genet Med. 2005 Nov-Dec;7(9):650-4. doi: 10.1097/01.gim.0000186545.83160.1e.


This guideline is designed primarily as an educational resource for medical geneticists and other health care providers to help them provide quality medical genetic services. Adherence to this guideline does not necessarily assure a successful medical outcome. This guideline should not be considered inclusive of all proper procedures and tests or exclusive of other procedures and tests that are reasonably directed to obtaining the same results. In determining the propriety of any specific procedure or test, the geneticist should apply his or her own professional judgment to the specific clinical circumstances presented by the individual patient or specimen. It may be prudent, however, to document in the patient's record the rationale for any significant deviation from this guideline.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Cytogenetic Analysis / methods*
  • Developmental Disabilities / genetics*
  • Genetics, Medical / methods*
  • Humans
  • Intellectual Disability / genetics*