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could albinism be prenatally detected?

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Dr. Karl Muench
Clinical Genetics 61 years experience
Yes for most types: Several varieties of albinism exist, and prenatal diagnosis is available for most of them.
Dr. Danae Steele
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 31 years experience
Yes: There are several ways to diagnose albinism prenatally. Most diagnoses are made by either dna analysis looking for the mutations which most commonly cause albinism. Another method is to take a skin biopsy from the fetus. A pathologist can then determine whether there is normal development of melanocytes, the cells which give our skin pigment. Prenatal diagnosis is only done rarely for albinism.

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Is it a good idea to do antenatal classes?

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Dr. Erin Alward
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Yes: I think it is a great idea for first time parents. I think it helps relieve some of the anxiety about delivery when you have learned what to expect.
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How do I get to antenatal classes?

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Ask your Clinic: Generally OB providers have a list of available prenatal classes. If not then call the labor and delivery unit at the hospital you will be going to. Hospitals often provide their own classes. Some will even give discount or free classes if your insurance does not cover . For those who can't attend a class, consult your local library for books and videos.
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What are antenatal classes?

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Dr. Patrick Weix
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Pre-Natal Classes: Antenatal and prenatal are two different words meaning "before birth". These classes usually teach parents what to expect during the birthing process and how to care for a newborn. Some hospitals have special classes for experienced parents or those expecting a cesarean. Infant CPR is often covered.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What is invasive prenatal diagnosis?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Amnio or CVS: Typically the term "invasive prenatal diagnosis" applies to two tests commonly performed to obtain fetal genetic information, amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling. The word "invasive" is used for procedures like these because the uterus is entered through a needle into amniotic sac or through a catheter into placental tissue, respectively.
A 21-year-old member asked:

are there other medical problems associated with albinism?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapolianswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Vision, skin cancer: Albinism is caused by a defect in melanin synthesis, causing decreased pigment in skin and hair. The main medical problems associated with albinism are vision problems and increased risk of skin cancer.
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Dr. Mike Bowman commented
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Take extra precautions to avoid sun exposure!
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