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Chapter: Obstetrics and Gynecology: The Woman’s Health Examination

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Family History

The family history should list illnesses occurring in first-degree relatives, such as diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, and heart diseases.

FAMILY HISTORY

 

The family history should list illnesses occurring in first-degree relatives, such as diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, and heart diseases. Information gained from the family history mayindicate a genetic predisposition for a hereditary disease. This in-formation may guide selection of specific tests or other in-terventions for the surveillance of the patient and perhaps other family members. Preconceptional counseling also may be offered.

 

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