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A 51-year-old member asked:

Are cerebral palsy, osteogenesis imperfecta or downs syndrome passed on to your children?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No,no,maybe: CP is an injury to the developing nervous system,it is not inherited. There are several forms of Osteogenisis imperfecta and their inherance varies.some do not survive infancy, some require an OI gene from both parents.Down syndrome males are usually sterile, females can reproduce and just under 50% of their babies would be DS.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have a baby knowing my partner would more than likely pass on cerebral palsy or osteogenesis imperfecta or downs syndrome to the baby?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Confusing question: Neither cerebral palsy or Down syndrome are passed to the next generation.To know the risk for osteogenesis imperfecta would require the actual form,There are more than a dozen, and some are dominant and some recessive. Sounds like you should consult with a medical geneticist to see what the true risks would be in your situation.

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