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First-trimester genetic counseling: perspectives and considerations.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20638571     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
As first trimester screening has assumed an increasingly dominant role in the obstetric care of prospective parents, the need for genetic counseling has also increased. There are several challenges related to first trimester screening; foremost among them is the need to distinguish between screening and diagnosis. Additional challenges include the need to discuss not only Down syndrome but cardiac defects, developmental/genetic syndromes, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and preeclampsia. In the future, counseling will involve specific risk assessment for a broad range of chromosome abnormalities. This article provides a framework for providing genetic counseling to prospective parents undergoing first trimester screening. However, the counseling session has to be individualized based on the counselor's approach and unique issues and concerns related to the pregnancy.
Eugene Pergament
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinics in laboratory medicine     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1557-9832     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Lab. Med.     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-19     Completed Date:  2010-11-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8100174     Medline TA:  Clin Lab Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  557-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Northwestern Reproductive Genetics, Inc, 680 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Genetic Counseling*
Mass Screening
Pregnancy Trimester, First*

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