A referral to genetic counseling should be considered in a variety of clinical scenarios, and can be made regardless of whether or not genetic testing is available for the suspected condition. It is helpful to emphasize that a genetic counseling referral is an opportunity to better understand the clinical picture that will help guide current and future management.
Referral to genetic counseling can be an important aspect in the overall medical management of a patient, and their family or future offspring. Genetic counseling may or may not involve options for genetic testing, but will likely provide important information about a patient’s level of risk for the indication that prompted the referral. The aim of genetic counseling is to provide enough information to allow for informed decisions.
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