When do you need Genetic Counselling ?
When you have already visited a doctor for medical problem and he / she has used the words like familial or birth defects or genetic or hereditary or malformation etc.
Since Clinician are busy and donot have enough time to explain you about genetics involved in your health problem ,then you need a Genetic Counselor who can explain you the health problem its relation to genetics .He / she will also explain the necessity of tests, their interpretation and relation to the disease diagnosis and prevention or treatment . some of such condition can be
A) Couple planning for next child with previous termination of pregnancy in view of reported ultrasound abnormalities .
B) Couple with history of previous child born with malformations / mental retardation / dysmorphism / autism.
C) Eligible couple Planning for child with history of Still births, Intrauterine Fetal demise / intrauterine growth retardation and failure to thrive after birth .
D) Family History of genetic diseases like Thalassemia, Hemophilia, Muscular Dystrophy, Familial Cancers.
E) Couple with Recurrent Spontaneous Abortions.
F) Undiagnosed infertility in eligible couples
G) certain orthopedic disorders i.e. dwarfism , Osteogenesis imperfect .
H) congenital malformations i.e, Cleft lip, Hand anomalies ,Hypospadias ,Plexiform Neurofibromatosis. etc.