Genetics for the general internist

Christina M. Laukaitis

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The internist's goal is to determine a patient's disease risk and to implement preventative interventions. Genetic evaluation is a powerful risk assessment tool, and new interventions target previously untreatable genetic disorders. The purpose of this review is to educate the general internist about common genetic conditions affecting adult patients, with special emphasis on diagnoses with an effective intervention, including hereditary cancer syndromes and cardiovascular disorders. Basic tenets of genetic counseling, complex genetic disease, and management of adults with genetic diagnoses also are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-13
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • Alzheimer disease
  • Breast/ovarian cancer syndrome
  • Down syndrome
  • GINA
  • Genetics
  • Hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer syndrome
  • Long QT syndrome
  • Lynch syndrome
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis 1
  • Venous thromboembolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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