What Will Happen at a Consult?
The following descriptions apply to adult genetic consultations. Prenatal consults follow a slightly different format. Please visit the prenatal genetic counseling area for more information.
Initial Visit (1-2 hours)
We will review your history, perform a risk assessment, and discuss available testing and risk management options.
Review of Your Personal Medical History and Family History
A genetic counselor will meet with you and discuss your main concerns and the questions that you would like to have answered during your visit.
Your counselor will obtain a thorough history of your health problems, risk factors, past screening practices, and current health.
Your counselor will ask you about the ages (not dates) and health status of your relatives, (including a minimum of three generations), and the ages at which they were diagnosed with the condition of interest. A family tree or pedigree will be drawn to show this information in a picture format.
Risk Assessment and Genetic Evaluation
Genetic Testing Visit (15-20 minutes)
We will have you sign informed consent documents assuring that you understand what is involved in the testing.
After obtaining informed consent, we will draw a 10 ml blood sample (one-to-two tubes of blood) and send it to the testing lab. Results generally take 4-6 weeks. Payment or preauthorization from your insurance carrier is usually required by the testing laboratories at the time of sample submission.
We will assist you with determining insurance coverage for genetic testing. We will also discuss Federal and State Laws
that protect your privacy and insurance coverage.
Results Disclosure Visit (30-60 minutes)
Genetic testing results are only disclosed in person, during a separate visit. Genetic testing results are not always straightforward and a significant amount of interpretation is involved. The medical geneticist and genetic counselor will discuss your individualized risk with you, and help you to explore your options.