Counseling At-Risk Parkinson’s Disease Cohorts: Integrating Emerging Evidence
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- Sokol, L.L., Young, M.J. & Jankovic, J. Curr Genet Med Rep (2017) 5: 100. doi:10.1007/s40142-017-0116-7
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Purpose of Review
This article evaluates the current state of testing and counseling viewpoints for Parkinson’s disease (PD) risk gene carriers and their families.
Recent discoveries of mutations in genes associated with increased risk for PD not only portend novel possibilities for targeted clinical research but also present salient challenges for genetic counseling.
A patient-centered and transparent approach to counseling that assesses preferences and communication styles is described to aid in facilitating the use of evolving evidence regarding strategies to attenuate PD phenoconversion in non-manifesting carriers.