Genetic Counselling

Understanding the genetics of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and the different tests and what they mean is a complex process.1–3 Professional genetic counsellors are able to guide parents and carers through this process, making sure they have all the information and advice that are needed to adjust to what a diagnosis of DMD means for their families.1–3 This article describes the different ways a genetic counsellor can help and how to go about getting in touch with one.

  1. Helderman-van den Enden AT, et al. Clin Genet. 2011;79:236–242.
  2. Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Assessing Genetic Risks; Andrews LB, et al., editors. Assessing genetic risks: implications for health and social policy. Washington, DC: National Academies Press (US); 1994. 4. Issues in genetic counseling. Available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK236049/ [last accessed March 2021].
  3. Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. Genetic counseling. Available at https://www.parentprojectmd.org/about-duchenne/is-it-duchenne/genetic-counseling/ [last accessed March 2021].
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