Genetic Counseling: Consanguinity

Abstract

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. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005628]