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Is genetic counseling an option for Williams syndrome?

Is genetic counseling an option for Williams syndrome?

Confusing question: I believe genetic counselling is a worthwhile investment for anyone considering pregnancy. Analysis of the family tree on both sides will occasionally turn up some interesting problems, in addition to any previous issue with a pregnancy. All pregnancies have ~ 4% risk of unexpected outcome (premi,defect, illness, etc.) and knowing what your added risks are and ways to monitor them make sense. ...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


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Is genetic counseling an option for down syndrome?

Is genetic counseling an option for down syndrome?

Knowledge is power: Having up to date information about any long term condition will help any parent make plans for the kid involved. A genetic counselor can provide access to specifics about the kid, the specific form of ds (there are at least 3) & also provide answers that the extended family may have. Some of this data can be supplemented by the different support groups that have formed, but i recommend gc for all. ...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's the role for genetic counseling when genome testing?

What's the role for genetic counseling when genome testing?

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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Can you have genetic counseling for any psychiatric diseases?

Can you have genetic counseling for any psychiatric diseases?

Yes: Many adult psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, have a partially genetic foundation. As more causative or contributing genes are discovered, the importance of a genetic counseling in psychiatry will grow. Genetic counseling can support families by enhancing reproductive decisions, preventing misconceptions about causation, and preventing stigmatization. ...Read more

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Is genetic counseling recommended for those diagnosed with eds?

Is genetic counseling recommended for those diagnosed with eds?

Not always: If detailed family history, physical exam, echocardiogram all indicate eds type 3 with certainty it is not necessary. ...Read more

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When must I get genetic counseling for my baby's genetic disorders?

When must I get genetic counseling for my baby's genetic disorders?

Genetic counceling.: It dpends. Be more speicific. If in doubt call a large med school and ask for the genetic doctors to get their advice. ...Read more

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What is the difference between genetic counseling and genetic testing?

What is the difference between genetic counseling and genetic testing?

Goals: Genetic counseling is a discussion of a genetic condition with a patient to determine the likelihood the patient may carry a particular gene. Counseling will take into account family history, physical traits, and race. Counseling also includes the pros and cons of being tested, and what actions may be possible based on the test results. Testing is usually by a blood or spit sample. ...Read more

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I lost my last my last two pregnancies in 4th week abruptly. Should I get genetic counseling?

Yes: Genetic counseling and chromosomal analysis for both parents is recommended. A parent could carry a balanced chromosomal abnormality leading to a high risk of having fetus with an unbalanced chromosomal rearrangement resulting in early miscarriage or malformations in the fetus. ...Read more

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Hi does any body know anything about who should get genetic counseling for huntingtons chorea?

Ass below: Best way to find is to see a neurologist, genetic disorder specialist. They have to consider lot of factors before considering expensive genetic testing, particularly for family planning. ...Read more

Dr. Fred McCurdy
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Williams Syndrome (Definition)

Neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by loquacious personality, abnormally sensitive hearing, supravalvular aortic stenosis, mental retardation, elfin facies, association with hypercalcemia due to abnormal sensitivity to vitamin d, idiopathic hypercalcemia of pregnancy. Due to deletion in elastin gene and probably several ...Read more


Dr. Richard Roberts
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Genetic 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