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Keywords:

  • disclosure;
  • confidentiality;
  • genetic privacy;
  • adoption

Abstract

We report a case involving the disclosure of BRCA1 mutation results to a woman who had placed a child for adoption 30 years prior to learning her mutation status. The disclosure of the mother's genetic test result to the son resulted in unexpected subsequent communications. This article briefly describes the experience and discusses the unique issues that arise in counseling a parent who has relinquished a child who is subsequently at risk to inherit a mutation for an adult onset genetic condition. © 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.