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HSHS St. Vincent Hospital developed the first clinical genetics programs in northeast Wisconsin. We have an experienced team of experts who have been providing quality general genetics services and genetic counseling to patients and their families for many decades.

Genetic counseling

Genetics is the study of heredity, the process of a parent passing certain genes on to their children. A person’s appearance, such as height, hair color, skin color, and eye color, are determined by genes. Birth defects and certain diseases can also be determined by genes.

Genetic counseling is the process where individuals and families can learn more about genetic conditions, learn what tests can check for genetic defects or disorders and decide whether or not to have genetic testing. Genetic Counselors are also trained in counseling skills so they can help families understand and adapt to the sometimes unexpected information obtained through genetics evaluation. 

What will genetic counseling and genetic testing tell me?

The purpose of genetic counseling is to help individuals and families make informed decisions. A genetic counselor will help you to determine how to use the information you receive from your tests or screenings. If you are at risk, or if you find out that you have a disorder, your counselor and doctor will talk to you about options and resources. The decisions are yours to make.

Diagnostic Genetic Testing

Diagnostic genetic testing and screening can include:
  • DNA (or molecular) testing
  • Chromosome analysis
  • Chromosome microarray
  • Biochemical analysis
  • Non-invasive prenatal screening
  • Carrier testing
  • Prenatal diagnostic testing
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