GP’s fragile X test ends up in court

The risks involved in GPs ordering complex genetic tests have been highlighted in a court case brought by a woman who was mistakenly cleared of being a fragile X carrier and subsequently gave birth to two sons with the syndrome.

The Supreme Court of NSW has ordered fertility clinic Genea to pay $100,000 in compensation to a patient whose GP requested a test for fragile X carrier status, but who was given results showing that she did not personally have the syndrome.

Canberra GP Dr Ranjana Curtotti ordered a genetic test for her patient Leighee Eastbury in 1999 after Mrs Eastbury informed