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Taking and drawing a family history during a patient consultation can be a vital first step in identifying an inherited condition. The information in this visual representation – the genetic pedigree – can help to refine diagnosis, reveal patterns of inheritance, and inform testing, treatment and management.

This worksheet provides the main symbols and lines used when drawing a family history with space alongside to draw a pedigree.


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First published

31st May 2019

Page updated

4th June 2019

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