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How much of my families medical history is needed before i seek out genetic counseling?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
As Much as Possible: The more information the better and easier for the specialist to focus upon a diagnosis.
Dr. Anna-Kaisa Niemi
Clinical Genetics 16 years experience
The more the better: Genetic counseling is more accurate the more information there is about family. However, counselors and clinical geneticists are used to situations where not much is known about family due to e.g. Adoption, not being in touch with family, or family not discussing health matters. In that case counselor/geneticist can help you understand risks based on what is known and your physical exam/health.

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