Human Genetic Consultation

Genetic Counselling

The primary role of genetic counselling is to provide information including all knowledge that is required for patients to be able to make a decision regarding their own and their offsrping’s lifestyle, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. Further tasks of genetic counselling are evaluation of disease risk, describing and organizing potential diagnostic solutions or even pretest counselling previous to a genetic test.

A genetikai tanácsadás

The aim of genetic counselling

A genetikai tanácsadás célja

The main aim of genetic counselling is prevention. Starting from contraception, preimplantation diagnostics through diets to surgery, there are many unique, personalized options for the patient. It is important to mention that the counselling is not of an instruction nature, rather allowing patients to make an informed decision on their own.

Who may participate in genetic counselling?

Every independent person of full age and capability of decision-making or, in case of under-aged, or persons incapable of decision-making, their legal counsel may participate in genetic counselling.

Who is genetic counselling recommended for?

Kinek ajánlott a genetikai tanácsadás?It is recommended for everyone interested in coming to terms with genetic risk, however for persons with any familiar genetic or unexplained disorder it is strongly recommended to take part in genetic counselling.If the disease can be observed in more family members, or if similar diseases accumulate within the family, or if the disorder appears in earlier ages the estimation of disease risk is increasingly advised. The genetic counselling session takes place with a clinical geneticist. The patients recieve a summary of the discussion in a written expert’s report. During counselling the patients can learn, apart from their own genetic risks, their (present or even prospective) children’s risk of disease.

Tasks before genetic counselling

Before your visit to our genetic counselling collect all the frequently occuring and/or more severe diseases in your family. It is important to know at what age did the disorder appear, which disease it was, what led to the death of a family member, etc. Note all important occurences up to the second-degree relatives (grandparents, cousins) on both branches. In case any related documents are available (medical records), it is practical to bring them along to the session. In certain cases, where a disease is undiagnosed or of unexplained origin, it may also help to bring a photograph of the affected person.

A genetikai tanácsadás előtti teendők

What happens after genetic counselling?

Based on the information gathered during the counselling, a decision can be made. However, there may be cases when a rational decision cannot be made due to psychological or emotional blockade. In such cases we recommend a free repetition of the genetic counselling. Naturally, as the patient, you can also request the repetition of the session. (In case you would like tol isten to the information with a family member, or doctor, etc.) In cases like these, we offer genetic counselling on half price.

Prospectus of the European Council and the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG)

Európa Tanács és az Európai Humángenetikai TársaságThe main purpose of this leaflet is to provide objective and general information about genetic testing, including their charateristics and the possible outcomes. It introduces the different types of available genetic tests, their medical applications and the consquences and limits of the test and its results. This leaflet includes basic genetic information, how genes may affect health and also helps to create your opinion about genetic testing.