If someone in our family has a genetic disorder, will my children get it?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Predicting whether your child will get a genetic disorder that runs in the family can be difficult. The type of disorder, the genetic cause of the disease, and the condition's pattern of inheritance all affect your child's chances. Taking a detailed family medical history can help determine the pattern of inheritance for a particular disorder in your family.  Even after taking a family history, risk estimates for a disease can be complicated.  Genetic counselors can offer people help in getting the best information about a genetic disorder in your family.

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