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What's the purpose of genetic counseling?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Information sharing.: Genetic counseling helps the uninitiated to understand aspects of the exploding field of human genetics, as they pertain to personal and/or family history of inherited disorders, or to potential risks for vertical transmission of pathogenic traits across generations. It helps choose (or not) appropriate testing to confirm or refute a particular genetic condition and to thus prevent complications.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the purpose behind genetic counseling?

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Dr. Eric Farbman
Neurology 26 years experience
Several reasons: There are many reasons. One is to understand the chance of a child inheriting the disease. Is it 50% like in huntington's disease? Is it 25% as in a recessive gene? If the gene is sex-linked, the percentages become much more complex depending on the baby's sex. Another reason is to understand the ramications of a positive test. What does this mean to the person? Is that person now uninsurable?
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What is genetic counseling?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Feedback on DNA test: After a dna analysis the results may be discussed with an individual to help them understand and deal with the information discovered. There may be decisions to make and the counseling may help guide one toward making them. The doctors doing the testing would be the best source for understanding this issue.

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