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Dr. Richard Roberts
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Genetic Counseling (Overview)

Modern genetics allows us to understand how genetic diseases are inherited based on DNA, genes, and chromosomes. We can now test couples and fetuses for certain inherited disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, as well as other chromosomal and genetic abnormalities, such as Down syndrome.


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What is genetic counseling?

What is genetic counseling?

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). ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Roberts
376 doctors shared insights

Genetic Counseling (Overview)

Modern genetics allows us to understand how genetic diseases are inherited based on DNA, genes, and chromosomes. We can now test couples and fetuses for certain inherited disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, as well as other chromosomal and genetic abnormalities, such as Down syndrome.


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Should I get genetic counseling?

Yes: More and more genetic information is available every day. For people who are trying to conceive, genetic counseling can help you have a healthier pregnancy by making you aware of possible risks and recommending appropriate genetic tests. These days, it is possible to prevent transmission of genetic mutations and disease via pgd: preimplantation genetic diagnosis. More info at www.Sbivf.Com. ...Read more

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What happens during genetic counseling?

What happens during genetic counseling?

Long History: You can expect a long appointment that goes into depth on you and your partners family history. Your personal risks will be evaluated and a detailed family tree built if there are any inherited conditions in the family. Tests such as blood tests, ultrasound, amniocentesis and cvs will be explained if ti relates to pregnancy. Other tests will be explained if it is related to gyn cancers. ...Read more

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What's the purpose of genetic counseling?

What's the purpose of genetic counseling?

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. ...Read more

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How to earn a degree in genetic counseling?

How to earn a degree in genetic counseling?

Search out schools: You need a background in subjects like counseling, anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry. Check out job descriptions to see what hospitals and clinics are looking for in a person doing genetic counseling. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is the purpose behind genetic counseling?

What is the purpose behind genetic counseling?

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? ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of genetic counseling?

What are the pros and cons of genetic counseling?

Mostly pros.: Pros: information about reproductive options, genetic risks and testing availability and cost. Cons: confusion of couples not interested in prenatal diagnosis or reproductive options. ...Read more

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How long are genetic counseling sessions normally?

One hour or more : Genetic counseling sessions involve taking a history, constructing a pedigree and examining the patient. Often specific test have to be ordered prior to arriving at a definitive diagnosis. This may require followup appointment. Only then can the genetic implications be discussed with the patient. The information is summarized in a letter to the referring physician and the patient. ...Read more

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What are some of the benefits of genetic counseling?

What are some of the benefits of genetic counseling?

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. ...Read more

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Where can I find information about about genetic counseling?

Talk to your ob!: Your regular obstetrician should be able to refer you to a certified genetic counselor. Try this online resource: http://www.Marchofdimes.Com/pregnancy/trying_geneticcounseling.Html. ...Read more

Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Berry
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Counseling (Definition)

Modern genetics allows us to understand how genetic diseases are inherited based on DNA, genes, and chromosomes. We can now test couples and fetuses for certain inherited disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, as well as other chromosomal and genetic abnormalities, ...Read more