Journal of Genetic Counseling

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 123–137 | Cite as

Offering predictive testing for Huntington disease in a medical genetics clinic: Practical applications

  • Robin L. Bennett
  • Thomas D. Bird
  • Linda Teri
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Abstract

Predictive testing for Huntington disease is presently offered in a select few medical genetics centers in the United States. This is in part due to the labor intensive counseling and psychological testing suggested by the research protocols. We discuss some specific suggestions for establishing programs for Huntington disease predictive testing within pre-existing medical genetics clinics to encourage more centers to offer presymptomatic testing. This will allow more at risk individuals the opportunity to consider predictive testing and cut down the expenses of traveling to the few predictive testing centers that currently exist. The counseling principals will remain similar to those discussed here, even following the identification of the Huntington disease mutation.

Key words

genetic counseling Huntington disease molecular diagnosis predictive testing 

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© National Society of Genetic Counselors, Inc. 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robin L. Bennett
    • 1
  • Thomas D. Bird
    • 1
    • 2
  • Linda Teri
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Medical GeneticsRG-25 University of Washington Medical CenterSeattle
  2. 2.NeurologyVAMCSeattle
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryUWMCSeattle

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