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If our baby passes genetic testing, does that mean it will be born without genetic defects?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
No: Unfortunately having a normal serum screen does not mean that a fetus has no genetic abnormalities. Even genetic amniocentesis will not test for all conditions a baby might have at birth. These tests combined with an expert ultrasound around 18-22 weeks can help rule out congenital anomalies and genetic disorders. But testing can't tell parents with 100% certainty if their child will be normal.
Dr. Azen Jukic
Pathology 28 years experience
Most likely: Genetic diseases a very rare but no testing is 100 percent accurate so chances of being without anomaly are good, but not absolute.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 50 years experience
Chromosomal Micro-: array & DNA Probe for Fragile X = standard molecular genetic tests for all who have Global Developmental Delay or Intellectual Disability &/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder . They can't detect everything, but have far greater yield than Karyotyping still standard on amnio or CVS samples, though CMA & Fragile X tests can be ordered. Fetal & personal whole genome testing will be affordable soon.

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