Genetic counselling offers many benefits for families living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)

5 reasons to refer DMD families to a genetic counsellor:1-3

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They provide education about DMD and its therapeutic options

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They can coordinate diagnostic genetic testing

They can establish who is at risk of being a carrier and organise carrier genetic testing

They can discuss family planning options

They provide emotional counselling

International Care guidelines recommend that family members of an individual with Duchenne muscular dystrophy should receive genetic counselling to establish who is at risk of being a carrier.

1. Helderman-van den Enden AT, et al. Clin Genet. 2011;79:236–242.
2. Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Assessing Genetic Risks; Andrews LB, et al. editors. Assessing Genetic Risks: Implications for Health and Social Policy. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 1994. 4, Issues in Genetic Counseling. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK236049/ [last accessed November 2020].
3. Duchenne Connect. Genetic Counseling. Available at: https://www.duchenneconnect.org/genetic-counseling.html [last accessed November 2020].

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