Family Medical Pedigree Definition

A comprehensive listing of relatives and their medical conditions, including information about diseases that may have genetic foundations.A family medical pedigree looks somewhat like a genealogic family tree, with branched lineage to show family relationships (such as marriage, birth, half-siblings). The family medical pedigree should extend at least three generations and list each person’s age at the time of death, the cause of death, and any known history of diseases or symptoms.

Many of the health conditions doctors know today are genetic in origin were not known, either as diseases or as genetic disorders, even one or two generations ago, so documenting symptoms can help reveal undetected genetic conditions. Maintaining a record of personal health symptoms and conditions, and similar information for children, can further provide important clues about genetic factors in health and in illness.


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