family history

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family history

an essential part of a patient's medical history in which he or she is asked about the health of members of the immediate family in a series of specific questions to discover any disorders to which the patient may be particularly vulnerable, such as "Has anyone in your family had tuberculosis? Diabetes mellitus? Breast cancer?" Hereditary and familial diseases are especially noted. The age and health of each person, age at death, and causes of death are charted. Often a genogram is developed for pictoral documentation. The family health history is obtained from the patient or family in the initial interview and becomes a part of the permanent record. Other questions, such as those concerning the age, sex, relationships of others in the household, and marital history of the patient, may also be asked if the information has not already been secured.

family history

Medspeak-UK
History of a condition in at least one of the following family members: parent, sibling, grandparent, great-grandparent, aunt, uncle, nephew, niece or cousin; as in “The patient has a family history of breast cancer on her mother’s side”.

Medspeak-US
A summary of diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and others) present in immediate blood relatives, which may be linked to heritable DNA mutations.  

Psychiatry
Presence of mental disorder or occurrence of suicide in parents, siblings, etc.

family history

A summary of diseases present in immediate blood relatives–eg cardiovascular disease, DM, malignancy, cancer, etc, which may be linked to hereditable DNA mutations. Cf Social history.

fam·i·ly his·to·ry

(fam'i-lē his'tŏr-ē)
A written documentation made after questioning the patient about the presence or absence of diseases or conditions in his or her family that might have an effect on the health of the patient (e.g., coronary disease, alcoholism, diabetes mellitus).

fam·i·ly his·to·ry

(fam'i-lē his'tŏr-ē)
A written documentation made after questioning the patient about the presence or absence of diseases or conditions that might have an effect on the health of the patient.