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Inherited Disorders and Birth Defects

The Center for Human Genetics

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The Center for Human Genetics at University Hospitals Case Medical Center

Genetics determine many things: blue eyes versus brown, height, and early baldness, for example. Genetics also are responsible for many serious health problems, including birth defects, mental retardation, cleft lip and palate, developmental impairment and metabolic and neurologic disorders.

The Center for Human Genetics at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, based at Case Western Reserve University, specializes in evaluation, diagnosis and counseling for individuals of all ages and their family members. The Center has board-certified medical geneticists and genetic counselors that serve patients for a variety of conditions. Examples include children with developmental difficulties, pregnant women who have an abnormality detected on prenatal testing and adults with early onset cancer.

Some genetic diseases are not yet treatable; therefore, the Center for Human Genetics ensure that patients and their family are carefully educated about prognosis, complications that may occur and the best therapy currently available.

Current NetWellness experts from the Center for Human Genetics include:

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Last Reviewed: Sep 06, 2013