Glossary

Glossary


Genetic counseling
An individual or family concerned about a genetic disorder or considering genetic testing should attend at least one genetic counseling session. The counseling includes education about genetics, the disease and the test in question. The counselor takes a detailed family history and provides information about the probability that the disease is inherited. Patients learn about the availability of testing, what the results mean, and the health care management options for positive, uncertain and negative results.