Since the establishment of a Genetic Counseling Unit by The Eijkman Institute in collaboration with Fetomaternal Division of Ciptomangunkusumo General Hospital’s OBGYN Department in 1999, the general genetic counseling services have started. Initially, the patients were mainly thalassemia patients and their extended families. Nowadays, the Genetic Counseling Unit faces more than 30 patients annually, ranging from pediatric to geriatric patients including pre-marital screening and prenatal diagnosis cases. The services provide detection of varied genetic disorders such as thalassemia, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), achondroplasia, Down syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome, Turner syndrome, Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) cluster, Prader Willi and/or Angelman Syndromes, and other disorders or syndromes.
The activities involve:
- Preconception/prenatal genetic counseling
- General clinical genetic counseling, which provides:
- Regular seminars on specific genetic disorder for the general public as well as clinicians.