What to Expect from a Genetic Consultation
Appointments are approximately one hour long and consist of a medical evaluation, genetic counseling, and a follow up plan. No special diet or fasting is necessary, and any usual medications may be taken prior to the appointment. Individuals may be encouraged to provide documentation of their medical history as needed.
The medical evaluation includes a thorough review of the family history. Relevant medical records are reviewed, and records from pertinent family members may be requested. A clinical evaluation by a specially trained physician in medical genetics is usually done next and includes a physical examination. Genetic laboratory testing or consultations from other medical specialists may follow.
The ultimate goal of the genetic evaluation and counseling is to provide individuals and families with medical information, diagnosis, recurrence risk, options, and support so that they may make their own best possible adjustment.
Genetic counseling done by a genetic counselor and medical geneticist entails a discussion of the results of the evaluation. This may include the cause of any identified condition, the natural history, the mode of inheritance, and recurrence risk. Counseling is always nondirective and supportive of the needs of the family and individual.
A detailed report generated from the consultation is sent to the family and referring professional. The ultimate goal of the evaluation and counseling is to provide individuals and families with medical information, diagnosis, recurrence risk, options, and support so that they may make their own best possible adjustment. Periodic visits and phone contact may assist in this ongoing process.
When you've completed the form above, please fax it to our Clinic Coordinator at (406) 444-1064.Here are more resources on how you can use family history information to improve your health: