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Dr. Scott McLean
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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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Is there a genetic test during pregnancy for scid?

Is there a genetic test during pregnancy for scid?

See below: There is no scid test for the fetus during pregnancy. Newborn screening for scid is available but varies from state to state. ...Read more

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If two family member wanted to get married with the same blood type, what is the chances of pregnancy and the baby for future? Does genetic test help

If two family member wanted to get married with the same blood type, what is the chances of pregnancy and the baby for future?  Does genetic test help

See below: Blood type is not needed to detect problems with conception and/or future health of child. Close family members should not get married as to avoid the increased chance of genetic abnormalities. Genetic testing can help rule out problems with two people. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of genetic testing?

What are the pros and cons of genetic testing?

Molecular genetic: testing & a Fragile X Syndrome probe are recommended for people of any age with developmental delays, Intellectual Disability &/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder. People at risk of transmitting mutant genes because of ethnicity, family history or consanguity need pre-pregnancy testing. Chromosomal array on amniotic fluid is offered to women with high risk of fetal Down Syndrome & other aneuploidies. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of getting genetic testing done on myself? Just curious.

Be specific: If a close relative has a known genetic disease, you have a duty yourself to know whether you carry it. If you are from a population with a lot of sickle cell disease, you owe it to yourself and the person with whom you plan to have children to know whether you have the trait. That's all you'll want. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of getting genetic testing done? It seems people think it is for abortion.

What are the pros and cons of getting genetic testing done? It seems people think it is for abortion.

Preparation: For some people it is about abortion but for most it is about preparation. Prenatal care is all about understanding what the patient and her baby need and formulating a plan that meets that delivers a safe birth. If there is a genetic problem, birth defect, heart problem etc the parents and the doctors can prepare. ...Read more

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Should everyone have genetic testing before pregnancy?

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. ...Read more

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Should you get genetic testing in pregnancy?

Should you get genetic testing in pregnancy?

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. ...Read more

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How early in a pregnancy can I have genetic testing done for downs syndrome?

How early in a pregnancy can I have genetic testing done for downs syndrome?

After10 weeks: First trimester screening can be done at 11-13 weeks. Definitive diagnosis by chromosome analysis can be done through cvs sampling after 10 weeks. ...Read more

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How common is genetic testing if I want to get it done in pregnancy for a hereditary disease?

Depends: It depends on what disease you are talking about and your risk factors - talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more