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How can genetic testing assist expecting parents?

How can  genetic testing assist expecting parents?

Allay fears: Many couples approach pregnancy with some concern if a friend or close family member has had an unexpected outcome or a genetic issue runs in the family. Testing varies in accuracy and invasiveness. Couples can be tested for carrier state for some conditions before pregnancy or find out if a fetus carries a fatal combination early in pregnancy. ...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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Any genetic counselors! who gets eds?

Any genetic counselors! who gets eds?

Rare problem: Ehlers danlos syndrome is a collection of at least 10 separate entities that have in common an abnormality of collagen production. The inheritance patterns include dominant, recessive, x-linked & has been reported as a new mutation. There is broad variability of expression within each subtype.The prevalence estimates range from 1/5000 to 1/100, 000 depending on type. ...Read more

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Do birth and death rates in the family bible have value to genetic counselors?

Do birth and death rates in the family bible have value to genetic counselors?

Definitely yes: Any records of births & deaths in the family can be useful to genetic counselors. Extra helpful if any info on health status, cause of death, age at death, how many children & any fetal/infant/child deaths. ...Read more

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Do ovum donors undergo genetic testing or pedigree evaluation?

Do ovum donors undergo genetic testing or pedigree evaluation?

Yes: Check with your rei specialist for details, but all ovum donors would be asked to report a detailed family history and would be tested for common recessive disorders, such as cystic fibroisis. Many programs would also request more extensive testing including a panel of 100 such recessive diseases, including such problems as spinal muscular atrophy, the askenazi jewish panel, fragile x, & more. ...Read more

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Will icsi eradicate genetic disorders?

Will icsi eradicate genetic disorders?

NO: Icsi is a technique to insert the sperm into the egg. Icsi solves the problem of sperm that cannot penetrate the cumulus cells, zona pellucida (shell around the egg), and the egg membrane itself. Icsi is not a genetic treatment of any sort. Genetic ivf treatment is called preimplantation genetic diagnosis (pgd) or screening (pgs). I hope this brief answer helps. ...Read more

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What happens during genetic counseling?

Long History: You can expect a long appointment that goes into depth on you and your partners family history. Your personal risks will be evaluated and a detailed family tree built if there are any inherited conditions in the family. Tests such as blood tests, ultrasound, amniocentesis and cvs will be explained if ti relates to pregnancy. Other tests will be explained if it is related to gyn cancers. ...Read more

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3 MCs no live birth. 2 MCs turner's & trisomy14 in fetus. Parents karyotyping normal. What other genetic tests shld be done. Risk of abnormal child ?

3 MCs no live birth. 2 MCs turner's & trisomy14 in fetus. Parents karyotyping normal. What other genetic tests shld be done. Risk of abnormal child ?

No need extra tests: No need for further tests before pregnancy since the parents chromosomes are normal. For early piece of mind you can consider early non-invasive genetic screening in early pregnancy. ...Read more

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How can genetic counseling help with inherited heart defects?

How can genetic counseling help with inherited heart defects?

For family planning: Once the child is born with genetic heart defect, there is no going back--he/she will need regular care with heart doc/surgeon, and primary care doc/nurses as a team. Genetic counseling provides education, support, resources u can use now, and plan for future pregnancy/care. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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How is progeria genetically transferred from parent to offspring?

How is progeria genetically transferred from parent to offspring?

Most new mutations: Progeria is a self limited process with most recorded cases appearing as new mutations in families that have other normal children. There are rare sibships reported indicating an autosomal recessive form exists.Most don't survive their teens.The oldest on record died at 27. ...Read more

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Was I born with a genetic predisposition to infertility? 46xx

Was I born with a genetic predisposition to infertility? 46xx

46XX = normal female: 46, xx = normal female chromosome pattern. If you're 46, xx & male (very rare) you need to see a specialist. If you're a woman there is usually no identifiable genetic cause of your infertility. Fragile x syndrome is a rare cause of ovarian insufficiency/ early menopause. Some women whose mom had early menopause are increased risk of low ovarian reserve themselves. Chromosome translocations are rare. ...Read more

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Can acquired behavior pass to offsprings?

No: Not genetically if that is what your asking. They can acquire the behavior the same way you did by learning it. ...Read more

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Can we avoid mental retarded state of child born with cousin marriage?

Can we avoid mental retarded state of child born with cousin marriage?

Hard to say: Geneticists estimate that each of us carry a few recessive genes that will not harm us, but when paired with another can produce a baby with things like CF, sickle cell, and any of thousands of metabolic disorders like PKU.Marriage between close relatives increases this risk.You can get tested for the recessive gene in some cases, so having a consultation with a geneticist may help you. ...Read more

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Can genetic counselors help people who suffer from familial hypercholestemia?

Depends: Genetic counselors can help you understand the disorder in reguards to it's origin & pattern of transmission in a family. The need for and timing of screening may also be information relevant to other family members. Actual case management would be more the area of your physician & nutritionist. ...Read more

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Can embryo screening identify hereditary heart disease?

Can embryo screening identify hereditary heart disease?

Sometimes: Hereditary heart diseases caused by a single gene may screened for an identified using ivf with pgd. Those without a known single gene cannot. ...Read more

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Can genetic testing prevent birth defects in pregnancy?

Can genetic testing prevent birth defects in pregnancy?

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 more

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Can phenylketonuria (pku) be a chromosomal mutation?

Can phenylketonuria (pku) be a chromosomal mutation?

Sort of: It may be a matter of terminology. Pku is a genetic disorder due to mutations in a gene. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/phenylketonuria/ds00514. ...Read more

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Do adolescents with conduct disorder develop antisocial behavior due to some genetic trait?

Do adolescents with conduct disorder develop antisocial behavior due to some genetic trait?

Nature/nurture: There is a nature and nurture component in personality disorders such as conduct disorder, psychopathy/sociopathy (AKA antisocial personality disorder) however it's not a question of genetics or environment, it's usually a combination of the two. ...Read more

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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Counselors (Definition)

Counselors/therapists are health professionals who usually specialize in a particular mode of therapy such as psychotherapy (counseling) or art therapy to help patients tackle various issues. Such issues may be phobias (fears) of the patient, mental health ...Read more


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Stillbirth (Definition)

Stillbirth =death of fetus e after ...Read more