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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 100-107

Genetic counselling in anaemia & thalassemia


Medical & Genetic Counsellor, Dept. of Oncology, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Jahnavi Hatti
Medical & Genetic Counsellor, Dept. of Oncology, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.5530/ami.2015.4.0

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Objective: 1. To identify the common type of anaemia in our population and promote appropriate counselling for an effective plan of management & treatment. 2.To establish how thalassemia is diagnosed and assess type of counselling received among the thalassemic families and to provide appropriate Genetic Counselling. Method: Information was obtained from Anemic and Thalassemic patients to assess their awareness regarding their pathophysiology and assess what type of counselling they received, from different centres in Hyderabad, India. Result: It was found that after counselling, the patients and their attenders were more receptive to undergoing treatment for anaemia and genetic testing for thalassemia. Conclusion: Extended family screening, prenatal diagnosis and carrier testing should be explained and advised and the centres offering these tests should also be informed.


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