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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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A 44-year-old member asked:

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.

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