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of 'Hereditary pancreatitis'

Genetic counseling for nonsyndromic pancreatitis.
Fink EN, Kant JA, Whitcomb DC
Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2007;36(2):325.
An appreciation for the background of disease, not to mention the medical management of individuals, may be significantly affected by testing for mutations and genetic variants associated with pancreatitis. Pretest and posttest counseling are essential for patients and families to benefit fully from genetic testing for a susceptibility to develop pancreatitis. The clinician, often working directly with a qualified genetic counselor, must ensure that patients and families appreciate the benefits and limitations of genetic tests, that results are interpreted accurately, and that patients understand implications of information for both their medical care and personal decisions. This article focuses on the approach to genetic counseling for pancreatitis and implications of recent advances.
Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 1218 Scaife Hall, 3550 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA.