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Is there a genetic test for hemolytic disease of the newborn?

Is there a genetic test for hemolytic disease of the newborn?

Yes: Hemolytic disease of the newborn, causing yellow skin and eyes (jaundice) with anemia, is most commonly due to a "set-up"--a blood type difference between mother and child. Blood types are caused by genes at the ABO and other loci (rhesus being most damaging), with o type or rh negative moms making antibodies to red blood cells of a or b or rh+ fetuses (if mom is o and fetus ab, baby switched), . ...Read more

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Genetic Testing (Definition)

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


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What is the treatment for hemolytic disease of newborn?

What is the treatment for hemolytic disease of newborn?

Various: Hemolytc disease can be mild and treated with bili lights. In extreme cases, it may be picked up early in pregnancy from an antibody screen. If positive, the antibody is identified. If a concerning antibodies present, the blood counts of the baby will be followed closely. Intrauterine transfusions may be required in these rare instances. ...Read more

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What are the tests for hemolytic disease of newborn?

What are the tests for hemolytic disease of newborn?

Test for mom/baby: The baby will get test like coombs testing, hemoglobin or cbc, bilirubin tests and reticule yet counts. The coombs tests shows that an antibody is cause the hemolysis. The antibody specificity can be determined by additional tests. These antibody levels can be measured in mom and baby. Most of these antibodies will cause hemolysis. Some can cause decreased RBC production in the baby. ...Read more

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What is the extent of drug testing for a newborn baby for example there is several kinds of opiates. Is there a test for each different one?

What is the extent of drug testing for a newborn baby for example there is several kinds of opiates. Is there a test for each different one?

Depends on situation: The routine newborn is not tested for drugs unless some suspicion is raised by the appearance or symptoms of the baby.If child protective services has a watch out for a given delivery, testing is routine & can be either a non specific screen or a more specific test.The more specific will differentiate opioids from the stimulants and cannabis. Once identified, no further id is needed for action. ...Read more

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What is the extent of drug testing for a newborn baby for example there is several kinds of opiates is there a test for each different one or?

What is the extent of drug testing for a newborn baby for example there is several kinds of opiates is there a test for each different one or?

Varies: To begin with not all babies would be tested. In a few places the mom might have a urine screening, which is rather generic. However, if the mom is on a watch list & I need to check baby, the specimen is sent for rather specific chromatography which can define which if any specific drugs the kid was exposed to in the womb. ...Read more

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Is there any risk of immuonmodulation treatment for Crohn's disease in a woman with the brca1 gene?

Is there any risk of immuonmodulation treatment for Crohn's disease in a woman with  the brca1 gene?

Jury is out.: There is no solid data on this to my knowledge. There are several potential immunomodulatory treatments ( which probably have their own independent risks ) and they are sometimes used in combination. Reports differ on risk but in general appears to be small and manageable. How this changes with brca1 ? ...Read more

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For the pathologists, when testing for antibodies, if there is a perinuclear staining of some cells of a human pituitary, what could this indicate?

For the pathologists, when testing for antibodies, if there is a perinuclear staining of some cells of a human pituitary, what could this indicate?

Maybe adenoma: Perinuclear staining means that the cells stained around the nucleus, but it doesn't tell what exactly stained. Pituitary adenomas, which are benign tumors, can show perinuclear staining with an antibody to cytokeratin. Looking at staining patterns is one way to tell the difference between types of pituitary tumors. We need more information from your pathology report to answer this. ...Read more

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Is there any genetic condition that would require testing of the father of the fetus? We used a donor.

Is there any genetic condition that would require testing of the father of the fetus? We used a donor.

Screening: Autosomal recessive conditions are genetic diseases where risk is present when both parents have an abnormal gene. An example is cystic fibrosis, where parents who both carry an abnormal gene have a one in four risk for having a child who has cystic fibrosis. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic test for alcoholisim?

Is there a genetic test for alcoholisim?

Yes and No: Genes have been identified which increase one's predisposition to alcoholism. Like many complex medical conditions, alcoholism is due to a combination of genes and environmental factors. Factors like life style, stress, exercise, and social support can have a large influence on whether someone with a predisposition actually becomes an alcoholic. ...Read more

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What is the mechanism for detecting heterozygotes or for prenatal screening for the disease?

What is the mechanism for detecting heterozygotes or for prenatal screening for the disease?

Not clear: I'm not clear what disease you are asking about screening for. Please clarify and re-ask question. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic test in UK that can tell if a person is a poor metabolizer with Clopidogrel having two copies of each of the CYP2C19 gene.?

Is there a genetic test in UK that can tell if a person is a poor metabolizer with Clopidogrel having two copies of each of the CYP2C19 gene.?

Phenotype is the big: issue, not genotype, because we each live with the complex results of both genotype combined with all our complex internal controls, beyond the any gene or sets of genes alone. Since clopidgrel is a platelet suppressing, clot-slowing agent, best check clotting with & without whatever trial dosage. The best of the clotting tests is TEG, study: Thromboelastography, commonly used in hospitals. ...Read more

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Is a woman with sc blood genotype a sickle cell carrier or patient. And what is the health implication of this especially during pregnancy?

Is a woman with sc blood genotype a sickle cell carrier or patient. And what is the health implication of this especially during pregnancy?

Hgb SC: Is a sickle cell syndrome but the genetics are different. A woman with HGB sc will pass either a HGB s gene, or a HGB c gene to her child. It is important to know what kind of HGB the father has-he should have a hemoglobin electrophoresis to find out how the child might be affected. Pregnancy complications are rare, but the baby can have a low weight, and rarely there are complications for the mom. ...Read more

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Is there a gene test for porphyria?

Yes: It is a specific dna test. Better to be seen before by a doctor that will run specific test and then if needed do the dna testing. ...Read more

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What is the result of neonatal screen positive in inherited metabolic disorders?

Depends: A screening test is a relatively simple & inexpensive test designed to narrow down the number of patients brought in for the more expensive specific tests. For every 10, 000 screened, 100 may show positive & secondary tests will show 2--3 with a real problem. The screen eliminated 99% that didn't need a specific test.The state notifies me of + screens & we get the tests.If a real pbm, rx is atarted. ...Read more

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In your opinion, what is the worst genetic disease for a fetus?

In your opinion, what is the worst genetic disease for a fetus?

Down syndrome.: For many reasons (longevity, inability to care for self, chronic health problems, neurodevelopmental delay and dementia) this is a particularly hard genetic condition for families to bear; don't misunderstand me, i personally think some of the affected individuals are charismatic and a blessing to their families, but typically they are a heavy burden (>90% 5-year divorce rate reported). ...Read more

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What is a pathogenic disease with the exact same characteristics/symptons of a genetic disorder?

More info: Pathogenic is a medical worse for disease causing. Genetic disorders cause disease processes that can be considered pathogenic. More information is needed for me to help you. ...Read more

Genetic (Definition)

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


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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more