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Genetic disorders is a category of diseases that includes certain types of birth defects, chronic diseases, developmental problems and sensory deficits that are inherited from one or both parents.
The following list includes features that might suggest that your child has a genetic disorder. However, some of these characteristics are commonly found in people without a disorder. You'll want to check with you doctor if your child has at least two of the following features:
Genetic counseling can tell you whether you're at risk of developing a genetic disorder or having a child with a genetic disorder. Genetic counseling can also help you to make sense of the information and put it into context for your child. It may be conducted by a geneticist, a doctor with special training or a genetic counselor, who will explain the cause of a disorder, availability of testing, prognosis, medical management and treatment. Genetic counseling sessions typically last an hour or longer, depending on the complexity of your child's case is. There are many reasons to seek genetic counseling, including the following:
1. Family history or previous child with:
2. A parent with an autosomal dominant disorder, or any disorder seen in several generations
3. Pregnancy factors (mother older than 35 years)
4. Mother with any of the following:
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