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Birth Defects Genetic Testing
Nope.: Genetic prenatal testing can detect many chromosomal or microscopic dna defects - but it cannot prevent birth defects! 2-4% of all newborns will have a minor or major birth defect and the vast majority of those have unknown genetic underpinnings at this time, although many of us are working to change that. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily to prevent 75-95% of major neural/cardiac fetal anomalies! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Prenatal testing for genetic problems may be done before or after conception. Testing for spina bifida or Down syndrome is done after a pregnancy is established. Besides the couples listed above, counseling and diagnosis are also recommended for mothers over the age of 35, and those who have received abnormal screening test results, such as alpha-fetoprotein (AFP). For more information about the alpha-fetoprotein test, and when and why you might have it, see alpha-fetoprotein. For those who may be at risk, genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis are used to help ...Read more
Yes, but .....: Clinodactyly is a curve of one or more fingers, which is pretty common, especially for the pinkies, and no big deal at all. Technically it's a minor birth defect and usually not a sign of any problem. But sometimes it's one component of a rare genetic syndrome, like wahab syndrome (http://omim.Org/entry/615170) or a more common one, like down syndrome. I have a little clinodactyly myself! ...Read more
Yes: It is a defect present from birth, yes. Would i call it a birth defect, no. It is a genetically derived abnormality in the metabolism of hemoglobin that results in sickling of the red cells under some circumstances. As a metabolic disease, it is inherited in a similar fashion to pku or cystic fibrosis. The term birth defect is more appropriate for a kid with malformation of an organ or body part. ...Read more
Could you tell me what are some advantages of finding cystic fibroses through genetic testing before birth?
3 early MCs & chromosomal abnrml in all fetuses (no birth), is karyotyping of parents the only genetic testing tht can be done? Names of any other pls
It's the starting pt: Parent study comes first.A person can appear normal if they carry all the proper chromosome material but with part belonging to one chromosome swapped with another.(ie, part of a #15 is on #21) When fertilization occurs, the fetus may get part of the mistake and not the other & be defective.Some of these have a partial chance of normal birth, some would always end up a defect.See a geneticist. ...Read more
How common is it for insurance to pay for genetic testing if I want to get it done for a hereditary birth disease?
Can allergy shots cause birth defects ?my wife and I plan to have try for a kid she concerned about it.its me that may need them .about to get testing
No evidence: Since the allergens used in the extracts are "natural" , they are not known to cause birth defect. Allergy shots should not be started when a woman is pregnant- not because of birth defect but because of the potential for an anaphylactic reaction. There is no restriction for the father. ...Read more
What if preimplantation testing causes an infection and could it cause birth defects even if mother had nothing?
Possible yes: Intra - uterins infections can cause anomalies. ...Read more
From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more