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Sujanan Program

Genetic Consultation & Counseling

Genetic Consultation & Counseling are services started under the Sujanan program by Lilac Insights where the country’s finest Clinical Geneticists and Genetic Counselors help individuals, with information and support regarding the contribution of their genetic makeup to specific health conditions.

Individuals &/ or families are guided by a collective wisdom of internationally trained & certified geneticists and genetic Counselors into making informed decisions in a non-directive manner. The aim is to provide a counseling experience that is scientifically sound yet non-intimidating. The service endeavours to address the pitfalls of a “one-size fits all” approach taking into consideration patient autonomy and healthcare professionalism.

The genetic consultation & counseling provided are as per international guidelines for genetic counseling set by NSGC (U.S.A), AGNC (NHS - U.K) & HGSA (Australasia) on a scientific evidence-based approach. The team of experts are focused on giving vital and unbiased information, which aids in informed decision making by the patients and their doctors.

The team of experts include :

  1. Clinical & Metabolic Geneticist :
    • Dr. Chaitanya Datar, Clinical and Metabolic Geneticist (Program Director of Sujanan Clinics)
    • Dr. Tanmay Deshpande, Clinical and Metabolic Geneticist
  2. Metabolic Dietitian :
    • Ms. Vaishali Madkaikar, Pediatric Nutritionist and Metabolic Dietitian
  3. Genetic Counselors :
    • Ms. Shivanjali Kapse, BGCI certified Genetic Counselor
    • Ms. Pooja Rayasam, BGCI certified Genetic Counselor
    • Ms. Shreyasi Kundu, BGCI certified Genetic Counselor
Genetic Consultation & Counseling can be helpful in the following cases
Premarital
  • Family history of a suspected genetic disorder
  • Planning a marriage in consanguinity (i.e. in relation)
  • Late onset genetic disorders (Huntington disease, myotonic dystrophy, familial cancers)
  • Predictive testing for genetic conditions
Preconception
  • Bad obstetric history/ recurrent pregnancy loss
  • Neonatal or infant or fetal deaths/previous children with metabolic disorder, neurological issues, growth and development abnormalities, cardiac anomalies, etc.
  • Infertility
  • Screen positive for thalassaemia/ other haemoglobinopathies
  • Chromosomal rearrangements in blood karyotyping report
  • Family history of chromosomal/ genetic disorder
  • Consanguineous marriage – to determine if carriers of any potential genetic condition
  • Late onset genetic disorders
  • Advanced maternal/ paternal age
Prenatal
  • Positive biochemical screening report
  • Soft-markers/ anomalies on USG
  • Plan prenatal diagnosis of genetic conditions diagnosed/ yet undiagnosed in family
  • Sudden embryonic/ fetal demise
Paediatric/Adult
  • Child born with suspected metabolic disorder/ chromosomal abnormality/development delay/ dysmorphism/neurological/ neuromuscular conditions, failure to thrive
  • Skeletal abnormality
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Suspected single gene disorder
FAQs

Genetic consultation and counseling is a communication process (in person/over a call or video) of assisting individuals/ patients /couples/families to understand about the medical, psychological, familial and reproductive implications of their genetic makeup.

The process of counseling involves pedigree analysis, detailed discussion on family history, past genetic test reports and interpretations, evaluation of inheritance patterns and recurrence risks. Counseling provides psychosocial support and encourages informed decision-making for your family.

Genetic counseling or consultation helps couples and families to understand genetic or medical conditions and their causes, as well as their probability of conceiving a child with a medical concern. Genetic counseling or consultation helps in various ways like

  • Better peace of mind
  • Improved understanding of genetic conditions
  • Guidance on appropriate testing
  • Supportive counseling session
  • Informed decision-making
  • Reduced anxiety

Genetic consultation and counseling is mostly referred for individuals/ patients /couples/families in cases like:

  • Premarital & Preconception (before marriage and in case planning for pregnancy)
  • Prenatal (during pregnancy)
  • Postnatal (after child birth)

Lilac Insights offers 3 types of consultation and counseling.

  1. Basic genetic consultation and counseling : Chromosomal abnormalities, biochemical screening results, ultrasonography findings.
  2. Advanced genetic consultation and counseling : Pediatric cases, obstetric indications cases, history of inherited disorders.
  3. Follow-up genetic consultation and counseling : Post-test counseling sessions with patients. All the 3 types of counseling & consultation can be availed physically or electronically. Physical genetic consultation and counseling is available at our select centres- Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune, and Bengaluru. You can also avail genetic consultation & counseling from the comfort of your home through any device by booking an e-Genetic counseling & Consultation appointment.

Booking an appointment for e-Genetic Counseling / Consultation is very easy. Just follow the below mentioned steps to book a session-

  1. Request for an appointment over phone (dial) 9136629430 or email us at geneticcounselling_west@sujanan.com
  2. Get pre-approval for the appointment with payment details
  3. Pay through the online payment gateway
  4. Get confirmation for the appointment
  5. Join e-Genetic Counseling as per the scheduled appointment
  6. You as well as the referring Physician (if any or in prenatal cases), receive the Genetic Counseling summary/ report via email & link to download the report.
Request for Genetic Consultation & Counseling
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