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Why Is Genetic Counselling Important before karyotyping?

Updated: Jul 15, 2018


Before undergoing any genetic testing, it is important to speak to a genetic counsellor or another qualified healthcare provider about the risks, benefits, and limitations of parental karyotyping. For example, one limitation of karyotyping is that it cannot detect disorders due to mutations in single genes, such as Cystic fibrosis, TaySachs disease, or Sickle cell anemia. Genetic counselling is recommended both prior to testing, as well as after the results are complete, in order to help discuss further options.

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