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A 32-year-old female asked about a 23-year-old female:

What is genetic counseling?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 37 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.
Dr. Anna-Kaisa Niemi
Clinical Genetics 17 years experience
Counseling on risks: Genetic counseling is counseling of an individual or a family regarding risks of an inherited condition in themselves, their children, or other family members. Counseling session discusses the probabilities of a genetic condition, and options to diagnose or prevent an of inherited disease. It is typically done by a certified genetic counselor (ms, cgc) or a clinical geneticist (md).

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What are some of the benefits of genetic counseling?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 27 years experience
Information!: Genetic counseling is supposed to give information about testing and treatment/management options for the very complex and life-long genetic disorders many families are faced with.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What's the purpose of genetic counseling?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 27 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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