What is a Genetic Consultation

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Finding and visiting a genetic counselor or other genetics professional

Source (the U.S.):

Genetics Home Reference: your guide to understanding genetic conditions

Please choose from the following list of questions for information about meeting with a genetics professional (such as a medical geneticist or genetic counselor).

On this page:

  1. What is a genetic consultation?
  2. Why might someone have a genetic consultation?
  3. What happens during a genetic consultation?
  4. How can I find a genetics professional in my area?
  5. How are genetic conditions diagnosed?
  6. How are genetic conditions treated or managed?


What is a genetic consultation?

A genetic consultation is a health service that provides information and support to people who have, or may be at risk for, genetic disorders. During a consultation, a genetics professional meets with an individual or family to discuss genetic risks or to diagnose, confirm, or rule out a genetic condition.

Genetics professionals include medical geneticists (doctors who specialize in genetics) and genetic counselors (certified…

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