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Can you still have a normal baby if you have a translocation on one of your genes?

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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: Translocation chrom

A carrier of a translocation chromosome is normal.
When a carrier goes to reproduce however, sometimes the translocation increases the risk of a miscarriage or a chromosomally abnormal baby. Risks are different for different translocations. Prenatal diagnosis can find out if the chromosomes in the fetus are normal or not.

In brief: Translocation chrom

A carrier of a translocation chromosome is normal.
When a carrier goes to reproduce however, sometimes the translocation increases the risk of a miscarriage or a chromosomally abnormal baby. Risks are different for different translocations. Prenatal diagnosis can find out if the chromosomes in the fetus are normal or not.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Maybe/maybe not

I sat in on counseling with one lady who came to us after a dozen miscarriages.
She and her sister both had the same balanced translocation.Her sister had a normal kid and a late miscarriage with many abnormalities. Depending on the what you have your risk of miscarriage may be as high as 100%.Seek out a medical geneticist & pursue information based on current data.

In brief: Maybe/maybe not

I sat in on counseling with one lady who came to us after a dozen miscarriages.
She and her sister both had the same balanced translocation.Her sister had a normal kid and a late miscarriage with many abnormalities. Depending on the what you have your risk of miscarriage may be as high as 100%.Seek out a medical geneticist & pursue information based on current data.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Danae Steele
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine

In brief: Yes

A person who has a "balanced translocation" has chromosomes that are rearranged, but all the normal genetic material there, and will be normal.
These people can have normal children, but there is a risk of having a baby with an "unbalanced translocation", in which an individual has, more or less, 1.5 copies of one chromosome, and 2.5 copies of another. This usually causes severe birth defects.

In brief: Yes

A person who has a "balanced translocation" has chromosomes that are rearranged, but all the normal genetic material there, and will be normal.
These people can have normal children, but there is a risk of having a baby with an "unbalanced translocation", in which an individual has, more or less, 1.5 copies of one chromosome, and 2.5 copies of another. This usually causes severe birth defects.
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