What is Genetic Counseling and how can it help your patient?
Genetic counseling is an informative discussion that involves educating patients and their families about the occurrence or recurrence of a genetic disorder in the family. Genetic counselors are experts in understanding genetic conditions. They have an in-depth knowledge on various appropriate tests available and are experienced in providing clinical and psychological support. They act like an extended arm for clinicians and doctors.
The genetic consultant/counselor 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 Counselor?
Here are the situations when medicine expert/doctors/clinicians may recommend their patients/families to visit a genetic counselor:
- Family history of a genetic condition or birth defect
- A Couple in a consanguineous marriage
- Women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy at the age of 35 years or above
- The 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
- Bad obstetric history, multiple miscarriages
- Death of a child due to a genetic condition
- Antenatal ultrasound or pregnancy screening tests indicating a possible risk to patient
MedGenome Genetic Counseling
MedGenome Genetic Counseling team will act as an information, education and service hub for patients and doctors:
- Non-invasive Prenatal Screening Test (NIPT)
- Carrier Screening Genetic Test
- Preimplantation Genetic Testing (Screening & Diagnosis)
- Prenatal Genetic Counseling
- Risk Assessment
- Extended Family Member Testing
- Companion Diagnostics
What does the process of Genetic Counseling involve?
The expert Genetic counseling team of MedGenome provides extensive pre and post counseling as explained below:
- 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
- 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
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