Genetic Counseling

Genetic counseling can help people with questions about genetic concerns affecting their families. A genetic counselor can give information about the following: 

Birth defects, such as cleft lip or congenital heart disease.

Mental retardation.

Genetic diseases affecting children and adults, such as cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, neurofibromatosis and Huntington's disease.

More than one birth defect in a person, whether or not there is known cause.

Marriage between close blood relatives. 

Higher chances in some people for certain diseases, such as Tay Sachs disease in people of Jewish descent or sickle cell disease in African Americans. 

Infertility, stillbirths, infant deaths or more than one miscarriage.

Diseases that run in families, such as cancer, manic depression, kidney disease and certain heart conditions. 

A genetic counselor can also give information about the following concerns in planned or current pregnancies:

  • Women who are in their mid 30's and older.
  • Prenatal tests such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS).
  • Effects of radiation, infections medications, drugs or alcohol.
  • Health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure or seizures. 

To schedule an appointment simply call 520.694.6010 and our courteous scheduling coordinators will assist you.  For information on the Profession of Genetic Counseling, please contact Dee Quinn, MS, CGC at dquinn@email.arizona.edu or call 520.626.4382.

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