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Consanguinity

CHAPTER OBJECTIVE
  • Consanguineous Marriage and Risk of Inheriting Genetic Disorder

When partners are related to each other by blood, it increases the likelihood of having children with certain birth defects. There are a number of harmful or lethal genetic mutations that follow autosomal recessive inheritance and since consanguineous couples have a higher proportion of their genes in common, they are more likely to carry the same rare genetic mutation. A genetic counsellor can assess family medical histories, ethnicity, and coefficient of relationship for such couples, educate them about their risks, and offer genetic testing when appropriate.

CONSANGUINEOUS MARRIAGE AND RISK OF INHERITING GENETIC DISORDER

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