Three people applied for genetic counselling, but during the consultations the clinical geneticist discovered other problems for which advice could have been given but was not asked. This caused a serious dilemma. The first person was a woman who wanted to know the risks of epilepsy for her potential offspring, but then it became clear that she appeared to have Huntington's disease in the family. The second person was a man who wanted to know about the genetic risks for his offspring of a borderline psychiatric disorder, but the geneticist, seeing that the partner had severe limb defects, wondered whether these were caused by a genetic disorder. The third patient was a pregnant woman who came asking about the risks caused by mental retardation in one of her ancestors, but who appeared to be a heavy drinker and user of cocaine and ecstasy. In dealing with such 'secondary' problems, it should be kept in mind that persons seeking advice must decide for themselves whether or not they want to be informed regarding these problems or not.
|Vertaalde titel van de bijdrage||Genetic counselling: May side issues become main issues?|
|Tijdschrift||Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde|
|Nummer van het tijdschrift||38|
|Status||Published - 28-jul-1997|