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When to Seek Genetic Counseling

When to seek genetic counseling:

Genetic counseling is a professional assessment of a person's or couples' risk factors regarding their family history and/or a pregnancy. The goal of genetic counseling is not only risk assessment, but also to explain the cause and inheritance of a disorder, the availability of testing, the prognosis, medical management, and treatment. Genetic counseling sessions typically last one hour or longer, depending upon the complexity of the case. Genetic counseling can be provided by a geneticist, a physician with special training and Board Certification in genetics, or by genetic counselors. Genetic counselors have a minimum of a master's degree in genetic counseling or related field, which includes extensive training in human clinical genetics and counseling. The American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) offers a certification examination for this discipline every three years.

The following lists reasons for when to seek a referral for genetic counseling and/or genetic evaluation with a genetic physician.

Family history factors:

Pregnancy factors:

Other factors:

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