Genetic counselling

What is genetic counselling?

Genetic counselling is a voluntary informational session for people seeking advice on diseases, deformities or other features with a suspected genetic cause. It can be arranged for individuals, couples or families. The counselling sessions are conducted exclusively by our specially trained experts in human genetics.

The goal of genetic counselling is to answer questions with regard to inherited diseases. Taking the individual situation into account, decisions are made together with patients that suit their individual situation.

Genetic counselling can be recommended in these cases:

  • suspected genetic diseases of yourself, your partner or child
  • developmental delay or intellectual disability of a child
  • information on prenatal diagnostics with advanced maternal age
  • unfulfilled desire to have a child
  • abnormal findings during pregnancy (e.g. ultrasound)
  • exposure to potentially teratogenic substances during pregnancy (e.g. medicine, drugs, radiation exposure)
  • genetic disorders in the family (e. g. cystic fibrosis)
  • suspected inherited cancer syndrome (e.g. breast cancer or colorectal cancer)

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What does a genetic counselling session look like?

Counselling is provided in a generally understandable, non-directive and open-ended manner. The counselling doctor will inform the advice seekers in advance of the goals and procedures of genetic counselling who subsequently give their written consent. They determine whether and to what extent they want to be informed. Genetic counselling comprises in particular a detailed discussion of the possible medical, mental and social issues associated with a genetic analysis, its familial impact and the explanation of possible analysis results. A counselling session usually lasts between 1 and 1½ hours. Further sessions are offered if necessary. Genetic counselling is completed by an expert medical report that is generally addressed at the person seeking advice.

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Who pays for genetic counselling?

Genetic counselling and any subsequent human genetic laboratory analyses are standard benefits covered by health insurance companies. For genetic counselling, the physician geneticist requires a referral of the attending doctor.

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Appointments / Information

If you have any questions regarding genetic counselling and to make an appointment, please call us at +49 6132-781 433 or –478.

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Our doctors

Bergmann

Prof. Dr. med. Carsten Bergmann
Physician geneticist
Medical director
Phone: +49 6132 781-433
carsten.bergmann@bioscientia.de

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Dr. med. Dr. rer. nat. Mojgan Drasdo
Physician geneticist
Phone: +49 6132 7 81–478
mojgan.drasdo@bioscientia.de

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Dr. med. Brigitte Schneider-Rätzke
Physician geneticist
brigitte.schneider-raetzke@bioscientia.de

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Dr. med. Karsten Haug
Physician geneticist
Phone: +49 6132 7 81–478
karsten.haug@bioscientia.de

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Dr. med. Monika Hartig
Physician geneticist
Phone: +49 6132 7 81–478
monika.hartig@bioscientia.de

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Dr. med. Julia Schröder
Physician
Phone: +49 6132 7 81–478
julia.schroeder@bioscientia.de

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