A genetic consultation at the Center for Medical Genetics is a confidential outpatient visit with a genetic counselor and a medical geneticist. Most insurance policies cover genetic consultations.

A genetic consultation includes:

  • Documenting your personal and family history
  • Discussing genetic concepts and your risk for disease
  • Discussing the risks, benefits and limitations of genetic testing
  • Helping you to obtain insurance coverage for genetic testing
  • Providing information on privacy laws regarding genetic information
  • Interpreting test results and their effect on your family members’ risks
  • Providing education on prognosis and treatment
  • Making medical management recommendations
  • Describing available diagnostic and screening tests
  • Giving emotional support
  • Helping you to share the information with your family
  • Suggesting referrals when needed
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