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A 44-year-old member asked:

why should i have genetic testing done for reproductive purposes?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Genetic tetsting: If you are having fertility problems, genetic testing is an important tool. Some people carry recessive genes for chronic illnesses or degenerative diseases that can be fatal to the fetus. Performing genetic testing on both parents-to-be will be very helpful in deciding whether even to have a baby.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Hard to say: You get more from this site if you provide background information on your issue and then ask a question. I see your age listed as 49 & if this is about a pregnancy you would have about 1/50 risk of a high needs baby with Down syndrome. You may or may not care but since 1/3 have a heart defect & most have some issues you may want a heads up. Without knowing why you ask, it is hart to be specific.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there a genetic test to see if someone has chiari?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Chiari: There are different types of chiari disease....Do you mean the liver one or the brain malformation one?
A 23-year-old member asked:

Can you force a family member to get genetic testing?

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Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 56 years experience
No: An individual must give permission to have genetic testing performed. Carrier testing for genetic disease is usually not done in children until they are able to give informed consent.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

What is the earliest week that I can have genetic testing for downs?

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Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 56 years experience
After 10 weeks: First trimester screening for Down syndrome is done at 11 to 13 weeks. Definitive diagnosis through cvs sampling and chromosomal analysis can be done after 10 weeks.
Dr. Julia Pewitt Kinder
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any other questions about what babies with Down syndrome are like (they are just like any other babies!).
Jan 31, 2012
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 46 years experience
That statement does not provide full disclosure with regard to The natural history of Down syndrome. Half of all babies are not born with a heart defect or will develop alzheimer's in their 50s. Babies with Down syndrome have just as much love to provide their families as any baby
Jul 17, 2015
A 43-year-old member asked:

When should I have genetic testing done for reproductive purposes like preimplantation?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Genetic testing prei: Normally you do not need genetic testing unless if you have a history of a genetic disease like taysachs disease, sickle cell disease, thalasemia major or minor and many other genetic diseases.Or if there the age of mother over 35 to screen for trisomy 21.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Doctors can you tell me when should I have genetic testing done for reproductive purposes?

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Dr. Eric Farbman
Neurology 26 years experience
For you or for baby?: If you are checking on yourself, like with a disease like huntington disease, you should check prior to trying get pregnant if it will make a difference. For example, if you decide that you will not have children if you have hd, you should check prior to trying. If you are talking about the genetic testing of your unborn child, that will vary greatly & you need to talk to a genetic counselor.

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