What is Genetic Counselling and how can it help your patient?

Genetic counselling is an informative discussion that involves educating patients and their families about the occurrence or recurrence of a genetic disorder in the family. Genetic counsellors are experts in understanding genetic conditions. They have an in-depth knowledge on various appropriate tests available and are experienced in providing clinical & psychological support. They act like an extended arm for clinicians and doctors.

The genetic counsultant / counsellor explains the following to your patient/families:
  • Genetic basis of their clinical disorder, the inheritance pattern and the recurrence risk
  • Availability of various tests and management of the disease
  • Appropriate course of action in view of their risk, family goals, ethical and religious standards
  • Social and psychological support
When to recommend your patients to see a Genetic Counsellor?

Here are the situations when medicine expert/doctors/ clinicians may recommend their patients/families to visit a genetic counsellor:

Family history of a genetic condition or birth defect
1
Couple in a consanguineous marriage
2
Woman (pregnant or planning pregnancy ) at an age of 35 years or above
3
General concern of would be parents about the genetic health of their baby General concern of would be parents about the genetic health of their baby
4
Bad obstetric history , multiple miscarriages
5
Death of a child due to a genetic condition
6
Antenatal ultrasound or pregnancy screening tests indicating a possible risk to patient
7
MedGenome Genetic Counselling

MedGenome Genetic Counselling team will act as an information, education & service hub for patients & doctors:

OBJECTIVE
Patient
  • Educate on genetic testing & our offerings
  • Counsel about pre-& post-test
Doctor
  • Support to prescribe genetic tests
  • Inform about latest tests & technology
MedGenome Genetic Counselling

MedGenome Genetic Counselling team will act as an information, education & service hub for patients & doctors:

OBJECTIVE
MedGenome Genetic Counselling

MedGenome Genetic Counselling team will act as an information, education & service hub for patients & doctors:

OBJECTIVE
Patient
  • Educate on genetic testing & our offerings
  • Counsel about pre-& post-test
Doctor
  • Support to prescribe genetic tests
  • Inform about newer tests & technology
FOCUS AREAS
  • Non Invasive Prenatal Screening Test (NIPT)
  • Carrier Screening Genetic Test
  • Preimplantation Genetic Testing (Screening & Diagnosis)
  • Prenatal Genetic Counselling
  • Neurology
  • Cardiology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Nephrology
  • Others
  • Risk Assessment
  • Extended Family Member Testing
  • Companion diagnostics
  • Theranostics
What does the process of Genetic Counselling involve?

The expert Genetic counselling team of MedGenome provides extensive pre and post counselling as explained below:

Pre-test
Counselling session
  • Evaluates the family history and all relevant medical records
  • Helps the family understand about the genetic condition
  • Explores the options available for genetic testing, its reliability and limitations
  • Discusses the risks and benefits of genetic testing
  • Considers the inheritance pattern and risk of recurrence
  • Declares the possible uncertainties due to present lack of knowledge
  • Discusses reproductive options
Post-test
Counselling session
  • Interprets the test results
  • Discusses the need for further testing
  • Explains inheritance pattern and risk of recurrence depending on the results and final diagnosis
  • Discusses the available management and prevention options
  • Addresses emotional and social concerns
  • Discusses the implications of the report to the individual and the family
  • Refers to other resources or support groups for help
Patient Stories
Genetic testing provides hope for couple with family history of hearing loss
Vinay & Saroja, a couple from Vijayawada were heartbroken to discover that their first born child was born with hearing and speech loss. They were anxious and worried about their second pregnancy. Genetic counselling helped provide them answers to pressing questions and guided them on a suitable prenatal genetic test to determine if their second child would be affected.
Baby Conceived using IVF in Combination with PGS
This couple had experienced multiple miscarriages and had almost given up hope of conceiving a child. Genetic counselling played a key role in this journey, helping them gain a better understand of the situation and guiding them on the best available options. They conceived a child after opting for an advanced genetic screening technique known as Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS).
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contactus
diagnostics@medgenome.com
1800 103 3691
MedGenome Labs Ltd.,
3rd Floor, Narayana Netralaya Building,
Narayana Health City,
# 258/A, Bommasandra, Hosur Road,
Bangalore - 560 099, India.
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