What is genetic counseling?

Also known as: medical genetic counseling.

Genetic counseling is a counseling session for parents or prospective parents to help them understand their risk of passing along genes and birth defects to children. Because sickle cell disease is the most common genetic disorder in the U.S., it is extremely important that patients and families are offered testing and counseling for both sickle cell trait and sickle cell disease.


Reviewed by: Athena C Pefkarou, MD

This page was last updated on: 1/29/2019 3:21:13 PM

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