Genetic counselling and X-SCID

Genetic counselling is important not only for the immediate family but also for the extended family on the mother’s side, because other relatives might be carrying the faulty gene. For females identified as carriers, prenatal diagnosis is possible for future pregnancies. Referral to local genetic counselling services can be arranged, and in some situations a joint counselling appointment with a genetics specialist and an immunologist can be helpful. More information about the genetic aspects of primary immunodeficiency is available here.

Reviewed October 2017