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If you have a stillbirth are you automatically referred to a genetic counselor?

If you have a stillbirth are you automatically referred to a genetic counselor?

No: Not automatically, because a stillbirth can have an obviously non-genetic cause, such as an umbilical cord accident. When the cause is unknown, a genetic investigation is indicated. ...Read more

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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


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How can I become a genetic counselor?

How can I become a genetic counselor?

Education & Training: Genetic counselors hold masters degrees in genetic counseling and then take board certification examinations. In some states they must be licensed as well. To learn more, go to the national Society of Genetic Counselors website (http://www.nsgc.org/). ...Read more

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Who are genetic counselors working for?

Who are genetic counselors working for?

You, mostly.: Or whoever has them on salary - doctor, group practice, hospital, hmo. ...Read more

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How do I get referral for genetic counselors?

How do I get referral for genetic counselors?

Ask: Your physician may be able to point you in the right direction. You can also find a genetic counselor at the national society of genetic counselors website. ...Read more

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What is a genetic counselor? Is that a doctor?

What is a genetic counselor? Is that a doctor?

Website: Go to www.Genome.Gov and on the right side scroll down to "genetic disorders faq" and click on it for a pretty complete reference site. In the list on the left pick "faq about genetic counseling". You may get there directly by going to: www, genome.Gov/19016905. ...Read more

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How would find a genetics counselor?

Pre-or postnatal?: Prenatal genetic counselors are usually housed with perinatologists, OB specialists. Geneticists are usually faculty in pediatrics departments of medical schools. Try http://www.Geneclinics.Org or http://www.Nsgc.Org. ...Read more

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What are the disadvantage of a genetic counselor?

What are the disadvantage of a genetic counselor?

None: A genetic counselor should provide you with non-judgmental advice pertaining to genetic risks. They are educators foremost and as the saying goes, knowledge is power. ...Read more

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What is involved in becoming a genetic counselor?

2 years: Most gc programs are pretty difficult to get in to because they are small. You will actually take medical school classes like physiology but also intensive genetics courses. You will train with other gcs during internships. It is a rewarding occupation. ...Read more

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What is a genetic counselor and is it expensive to see one?

Masters Degree: Genetic counselors go through 2 years of postgraduate studies to learn about genetic diseases and how to discuss them with affected patients and their families. They are very helpful and not very expensive. ...Read more

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How does consult with genetic counselor differ from one with geneticist?

How does consult with genetic counselor differ from one with geneticist?

Website: Go to www.Genome.Gov and on the right side scroll down to "genetic disorders faq" and click on it for a pretty complete reference site. In the list on the left pick "faq about genetic counseling". You may get there directly by going to: www, genome.Gov/19016905. ...Read more

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Am I allowed to take home the genetic pedigrees I get from the counselors?

Am I allowed to take home the genetic pedigrees I get from the counselors?

Yes: You should review it and if you are willing share it with other family members and get their imput to extend the pedigree. ...Read more

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How far back in the family history do genetic counselors need to go?

As far as you...: ...Can take them. Some rare recessive diseases may not show up in many generations, or only in cousin marriages. It's possible ggg-aunt abigail and ggg-uncle benedict were second cousins once removed, and the only other cases of doubletalksidase deficiency were in their offspring. ...Read more

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What kind of training do genetic counselors get before they can see patients?

Extensive training: For a comprehensive answer go to web sites for the american board of genetic counseling and the national society of genetic counselors. Counselors may qualify to seek board certification after an m.S. Degree. The board certifies individuals and accredits training programs. Rns may specialize in genetic counseling. Many but not all states license genetic counselors. ...Read more

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Can genetic counselors help people who suffer from familial hypercholestemia?

Depends: Genetic counselors can help you understand the disorder in reguards to it's origin & pattern of transmission in a family. The need for and timing of screening may also be information relevant to other family members. Actual case management would be more the area of your physician & nutritionist. ...Read more

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Do birth and death rates in the family bible have value to genetic counselors?

Definitely yes: Any records of births & deaths in the family can be useful to genetic counselors. Extra helpful if any info on health status, cause of death, age at death, how many children & any fetal/infant/child deaths. ...Read more

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Any genetic counselors! who gets eds?

Rare problem: Ehlers danlos syndrome is a collection of at least 10 separate entities that have in common an abnormality of collagen production. The inheritance patterns include dominant, recessive, x-linked & has been reported as a new mutation. There is broad variability of expression within each subtype.The prevalence estimates range from 1/5000 to 1/100, 000 depending on type. ...Read more

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Can I go to a genetic counselor to see if I have familial hypercholesterolemia?

Physician is better: Genetic counselors are master's trained individuals trained to collect and interpret family histories but with little clinical experience. You should see your family practitioner or internist and have a lipid profile. Familial hypercholesterolemia would be indicated by a very high cholesterol, and your family history may show other people with early heart attacks/strokes who need lipid studies. ...Read more

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Can my genetic counselor that has conducted many test such as CF identify the father of my child?

Can my genetic counselor that has conducted  many test such as CF identify the father of my child?

Only if the putative: Biological fathers are available & cooperative can a physician (geneticist, ob, primary care) order comparative genomic hybridization & document medical necessity to try to get your insurance company to pay for part of the $2000/ test. Proprietary labs (e.g., 1-800-whosyourdaddy) are unreliable. If you're seeking child support, the guys may feel it's worth paying for their own & the baby's tests. ...Read more

Dr. Ira Katz
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Counselors (Definition)

Counselors/therapists are health professionals who usually specialize in a particular mode of therapy such as psychotherapy (counseling) or art therapy to help patients tackle various issues. Such issues may be phobias (fears) of the patient, mental health ...Read more


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Stillbirth (Definition)

Stillbirth =death of fetus e after ...Read more