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Hereditary Diseases

Your family’s health history can reveal much about your risk for developing a wide range of diseases. Many common conditions from breast cancer and arrhythmias to Parkinson’s disease stem from genetic factors passed from one generation to the next. Understanding whether you are at risk of developing a hereditary disease can lead to a more precise diagnosis, tailored treatment and improved outcomes for not only you, but also your loved ones.

Our nationally recognized Medical Geneticists and Genetic Counselors see the whole spectrum of inherited diseases in adults and children. We also connect patients with NorthShore’s extensive prenatal and preconception genetics services. Applying the latest knowledge and genetic testing and technology, our team of interdisciplinary experts can:

  • Determine if your medical condition is hereditary
  • Assess your risk for hereditary disease based on your family’s medical history
  • Gauge the chances of you having a child with an inherited disorder
  • Provide recommendations for you and your family to reduce health risks related to an inherited condition if one is confirmed

Medical genetics provides valuable genetics-based tools that can greatly enhance your medical management, from more sophisticated screening to proactive therapeutic approaches—to better manage and eventually prevent hereditary diseases and conditions.

By bringing genetics to the practice of personalized medicine, we hope to reduce risk and prevent disease so our patients can have longer and healthier lives.