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AAQ:What Is Involved In Genetic Counseling?

When you are working with a genetic counselor, there are a number of things you should expect. You should start with your blood relatives on both sides to begin creating a comprehensive background on specific diseases and why they occurred. This is probably the most important part of evaluating genetic risks.

To help facilitate this evaluation, a health care professional will probably ask some of the following questions:

Do you have a history of diabetes, hypertension, cancer, or twins?
Are there any diseases that seem to run in your family?
Is there a history of genetic disease like cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, or muscular dystrophy?
Is there anyone with an intellectual disability or any kind of birth defect?
Have any of your sisters, cousins, or other relatives had problems with their pregnancies?
Are your parents alive, and are they healthy?
What is your ethnic background?
Is there any reason that you suspect that your baby may be born with a birth defect or other medical problem?

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