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Should everyone have genetic testing before pregnancy?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Impractical at this: Time for general screen. What would you test for? If there is a family history of an illness, e.g., huntington, tay sachs, cystic fibrosis, it may be appropriate to test both partners. There are too many genetic markers associated with diseases to do a general "genetic test". With reduced cost of whole genome sequencing, it may become feasible in the near future to perform such analysis.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Consultation first: Every couple can learn something from meeting with a clinical geneticist. They evaluate both family trees & can identify genetic issues you may be at risk for. With this information they can focus on which if any conditions to look for. There are in excess of 200 gene related defects they can identify, but there is no test that will identify all & many are studied only in a couple labs in the US.
Dr. Mueeza Zafar
Family Medicine 47 years experience
Agree: The 'SHOULD" part depends upon ones religious or other beliefs. Individuals who want to know before conceiving and want to do something about it if the get a negative answer are the ones who should be tested. Otherwise it will cause undue anxiety, and may also effect their health insurability.

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Should you get genetic testing in pregnancy?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
All pregnant women : in the U.S. are offered screens for Down Syndrome & other syndromes with abnormal #'s of chromosomes, the risk for which ^es with ^ed maternal age at term. Genetic counseling & definitive chromosome analysis or microarray are offered to parents with a family history of genetic disorders & those who carry certain traits, have a fetus with anomalies or a high calculated risk on genetic screens.

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