Genetic counseling by the anesthesiologist

R. C. Levitt, B. A. Bernhardt

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The diagnosis of malignant hyperthermia susceptibility (MHS) typically precipitates a barrage of questions from the patient about the nature of the disease, its cause, and whether it can be treated. How MHS may affect relatives is also in question, particularly because the disorder is chronic and incurable and may even be fatal if unrecognized. The anesthesiologist, by virtue of his or her role in caring for the affected individuals and by generally being the most well informed health care provider about MHS, is well suited to provide genetic counseling, either individually or in conjunction with a genetic counselor. In this article, the authors discuss the counseling process and our goal as an anesthesiologist/counselor to educate patients, their families, and their health care practitioners about this disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)599-606
Number of pages8
JournalAnesthesiology Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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