What Is Genetic Counseling?
Genetic counseling helps families understand inherited medical conditions.
Advances in medical genetics are leading to greater knowledge of many complex conditions and disabilities. Genetic counselors can help you understand:
- The risk of passing genetic disorders to your child.
- Which genetic tests to consider.
- How to make informed choices about complex conditions.
Conditions Genetic Counselors Support
Prenatal counseling provides diagnostic support for a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Muscular dystrophy.
- Cleft lip and palate.
- Apert syndrome, Pfeiffer syndrome and other congenital syndromes.
- Myotonic dystrophy.
- Neuromuscular disorders.
- Neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis and other neurocutaneous conditions.
- Osteogenesis imperfecta.
- Prader-Willi syndrome.
- Rett syndrome.
- Spinal muscular atrophy.
Genetic Tests and Evaluations
If you are interested in genetic testing, here’s an overview of what you can expect:
- Geneticists and genetic counselors review your family’s medical history and the results of previous tests.
- Because genetic testing can be expensive and time consuming, geneticists and genetic counselors continuously review the latest research to choose the best testing methods and consult with you about your options.
- We conduct genetic or DNA testing to help pinpoint a diagnosis.
If your child is at risk of developing a complex condition, we can help you to assess treatment options and take steps to reduce risks. Treatment options might include specific medication, participation in research studies and/or services to help improve abilities and quality of life.
The genetic counseling program at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare specializes in the latest diagnostic procedures. You’ll benefit from a team that collaborates with leading laboratories and universities across the globe, and has extensive experience working with children, teens and adults who have disabilities and complex conditions.
Gillette’s geneticists and genetic counselors collaborate with a wide range of specialists to plan comprehensive care for each patient.
As part of a comprehensive care plan, geneticists and genetic counselors work with providers in a variety of specialties to ensure your family has the services you need, which might include: