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Your doctor may have recently discussed the option of performing InheriGen. InheriGen is a comprehensive carrier screen that tests for over 160 inherited diseases and more than 500 mutations from a single blood sample. InheriGen is a pan-ethnic test, which means that the diseases tested can occur in many different populations. Certain ethnic groups have a greater chance for certain genetic defects:

African Americans = Sickle Cell Anemia

Central or Eastern Jews = Tay-Sachs Disease

Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern = Thalassemia

To learn more about InheriGen, we invite you to watch the InheriGen Pre-Test Counseling Video provided by GenPath Diagnostics.


When working with a genetic counselor, you will create a comprehensive background on specific diseases and why  they occurred in both you and your  partner's blood relatives. To help facilitate the evaluation, you may be asked a number of questions surrounding family physical and mental history. The questions asked will target information surrounding diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cancer. You'll be asked about genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis, hemophilia and muscular dystrophy. Questions will be asked about mental health history in your family (mental retardation or any other kind of birth defect). You'll also be asked if twins run in your or your partner's family or if any of your female relatives had problems with a pregnancy. Life choices can also affect a pregnancy; questions surrounding tobacco, alcohol and drug use will be asked. And lastly, you'll be asked about your and your partner's ethnicity. Be thorough with your answers and if you're unsure, don't hesitate to ask a family member.

What to expect...

Approximately 1 in 33 babies born in the U.S. will have a birth defect according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Genetic counseling isn't necessary for the majority of couples who are planning a family or are already pregnant. Genetic counseling should be considered by couples who have one or more of the following risk factors:

* Abnormal results from routine prenatal testing.

* Amniocentesis results that identify a chromosomal defect.

* A child of either partner with a birth defect or genetic disorder.

* An inherited disease present in a close (blood-related) family member.

* A woman over 35 years of age planning on becoming pregnant or already is pregnant.

Genetic counseling is the process of determining the risk you have of passing an  inheritable disease to your baby. Genetic counseling involves a specially trained health care professional who identifies families at risk, investigates and identifies the problem present in the family, interprets information about the  disorder, analyzes inheritance patterns and risks of recurrence, and reviews all available options with the family.

Genetic Counseling