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Genetic Counseling

If you or your child has an inherited/genetic condition, it means this condition can affect more than one person in the family. 
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Genetic counselors will talk to you about the inheritance of genetic conditions and how this may affect your health. Genetic conditions occur in a wide variety of disorders, from autism to cancer. Many medical conditions have a component that involves either genetics or metabolism. Common conditions with genetic components include hemophilia, cystic fibrosis, birth defects, and cancer.

A genetic counselor may work with a team of genetic professionals, specialty providers, or independently. They can help you interpret your family history and provide you with valuable knowledge about genetic diseases. Genetic counselors help patients understand how a genetically based disorder can affect you and your family, possibly affect treatment make more informed family planning decisions and actively participate in your future health care decisions. Genetic counselors will also help you and your family make informed decisions about genetic testing and help interpret test results.

Our Approach

Our genetic counselors are health care professionals who gather family medical history, facilitate genetic testing, and interpretation, and provide information and support to you and your family.

We typically see patients immediately after initial diagnosis and through follow-up as needed. Our counselors will help you and your family understand and adjust to a genetic diagnosis, learn more about genetic testing, and address psychosocial and ethical issues associated with your specific genetic disorder.

For instance, the cancer genetic counselors can help you discover whether or not you have inherited an increased risk of cancer by conducting an evaluation of your family history. If you do have an increased risk, they can recommend you see a specialist through our Cancer Risk Management Program.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Airway Clearance Therapies

Airway clearance therapies help people manage the symptoms of cystic fibrosis and other lung conditions. Airway clearance therapies can take a variety of forms, but all are easy to perform and involve coughing or huffing ─ taking a breath and holding it, then actively exhaling.
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Continuous Video Electroencephalogram (EEG)

A continuous video electroelcephalogram (EEG) studies your brain activity longer than a standard EEG and correlates brain electrical activity with clinical activity. It's used to help determine the cause of seizures and more.
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DaTscan Imaging

DaTscan is a contrast agent used with single-photo emission computed tomography (SPECT) to improve the ability to diagnose parkinsonian syndromes and essential tremor.
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Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS)

EMG and NCS are diagnostic tests that help your physician evaluate the function of your peripheral nerves and the electrical activity generated by your muscles. Those tests might be prescribed if you have tingling, numbness, weakness, muscle cramping or pain.
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Infant Pulmonary Function Testing

If your child has been diagnosed with a lung condition such as cystic fibrosis (CF) and is under the age of two years, infant pulmonary function testing will be recommended. This study measures the size of your child’s lungs and determines how easily he or she is breathing.
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Mammogram (Mammography)

A mammogram is an X-ray image of your breast used to look for breast cancer and other breast disease. The breasts are compressed between 2 plates to improve accuracy and to decrease the amount of X-rays used.
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Responsive Neurostimulator (RNS)

If you are continuing to experience seizures, despite anti-seizure medications, you may be a candidate for a responsive neurostimulator (RNS). This device is for individuals with focal or partial onset seizures where the area of the brain causing seizures cannot be removed.
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Robotic Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

This treatment option improves precision during your angioplasty or catheterization procedure while limiting radiation exposure. While you are sedated, an interventional cardiologist will advance coronary guide wires or balloon/stent catheters with the aid of a robotic device.
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Vagus Nerve Stimulation

A small pulse generator similar to a pacemaker is implanted under the skin of your chest and connected to a wire that is attached to your vagus nerve. The device delivers mild electrical signals along the nerve, which then sends signals to other areas of the brain to interrupt the seizure.
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