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How common is genetic testing if i want to get it done in pregnancy for a hereditary disease?

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Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Depends: It depends on what disease you are talking about and your risk factors - talk with your doctor.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
? What issue ?: There are hundreds of enzyme and chromosomal diseases that can be diagnosed prenatally, if you know what you are looking for.There is no single test that could guarantee a normal kid.If concerned, first contact a clinical geneticist, often affiliated with teaching hospitals. Have a family profile (mom and dad) reviewed to focus your direction of study.Learn the limits of such studies.

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