Transcultural Understanding of a Hereditary Disorder: Mucopolysaccharidosis VI in a Vietnamese Family

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A case study of a family referred for clarification of cultural issues illustrates how a transcultural psychiatric service developed in the pediatric hospital setting can be used to advantage. A Vietnamese family with an inherited disorder, Mucopolysaccharidosis type VI (Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome, MPS VI),1 resisted genetic counseling and contraception. Three out of their six children were affected, one with a fatal outcome. The transcultural consultation offered an understanding of their behavior and facilitated subsequent management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-473
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1989
Externally publishedYes

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