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A 31-year-old male asked:

is prenatal testing for thalassemia safe for baby?is there any risk for baby ?my wife is 16 week pregnant and we both are diagonsed as minor carrier

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Dr. Liza Kunz
Dr. Liza Kunz answered
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 21 years experience
Risks are small: With you and your wife being carriers, i suspect that the testing you are thinking about is amniocentesis. Amniocentesis is safe but not risk free. Many providers quote a miscarriage rate of around 1 in a 1, 000. But talk to your doctor about specifics in their practice and your concerns. The information from the testing may be valuable for your family.

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