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Genetic Counseling: Consanguinity

  1. RF Mueller

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005628



How to Cite

Mueller, R. 2006. Genetic Counseling: Consanguinity. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Consanguineous marriages are uncommon in Western Europe and North America, whereas in many other parts of the world consanguineous marriage predominates. While consanguinity is routinely enquired after when obtaining a family history during genetic counseling, careful consideration should be given to the possible meaning attributed to that enquiry.


  • close relative;
  • genetic disorder;
  • cousin;
  • inheritance;
  • autosomal recessive;
  • genetic counseling;
  • consanguinity;
  • risks;
  • ethnicity