Genetic Counseling: Consanguinity


Consanguineous marriages are uncommon in Western Europe and North America, whereas in many other parts of the world consanguineous marriage predominates. While consanguinity is routinely enquired after when obtaining a family history during genetic counseling, careful consideration should be given to the possible meaning attributed to that enquiry.

Keywords: close relative; genetic disorder; cousin; inheritance; autosomal recessive; genetic counseling; consanguinity; risks; ethnicity


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Mueller, RF(Sep 2006) Genetic Counseling: Consanguinity. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005628]