What Is Genetic Counselling?
Genetic counselling can help couples affected by NF to work through the decision-making processes as they plan to have a baby. Genetic counsellors do not tell couples what to do. Instead, they provide information, clarify issues, and can also explain possible alternatives, such as adoption or artificial insemination. In this way, the couple is encouraged, with the support of the counsellor, to arrive at a decision that is right for them. Most university-based medical centres and major hospitals offer genetic counselling services.
The major Genetics Centre in Scotland are:
Human Genetics Unit, Level 6, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, DUNDEE DD1 9SY
Tel: 01382 632035 Fax: 01382 496382
Catchment areas: Dundee, Perth, N Fife, Angus, Perthshire
Department of Medical Genetics, Ashgrove House, Foresterhill, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZA
Tel: 01224 552120 Fax: 01224 559390
Catchment areas: Grampian, Highland, Orkney & Shetland, Western Isles
Department of Clinical Genetics, Western General Hospital, Crewe Road, EDINBURGH EH4 2XU Tel: 0131 537 1116 Fax: 0131 537 1153
Catchment areas: Lothian, Fife, Borders
West of Scotland Clinical Genetic Service, Level 2A Laboratory Medicine, Southern General Hospital, 1345 Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 4TF Tel 0141 354 9200/9201 Fax 0141 232 7986
Catchment areas: Greater Glasgow, Argyll & Clyde, Ayrshire & Arran, Forth Valley, Lanarkshire, Dumfries & Galloway
A symptom of Nf1 is café-au-lait patches (CAL). These are brown, coffee coloured skin marks. They are usually slightly bigger than freckles but can be much bigger. Six or more of these could help with a diagnosis for Nf1.