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When do parents typically get screened for downs syndrome?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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In brief: If a child has Down

Since down syndrome babies are usually from new mutations, their trisomy 21 is not hereditary (meaning the parents are not carriers of a genetic defect).
However, in a few cases, down syndrome is hereditary (a parent has a translocation where his or her chromosome #21 has attached itself to another chromosome). If such a case is suspected, then the parents should get screened by genetics testing.

In brief: If a child has Down

Since down syndrome babies are usually from new mutations, their trisomy 21 is not hereditary (meaning the parents are not carriers of a genetic defect).
However, in a few cases, down syndrome is hereditary (a parent has a translocation where his or her chromosome #21 has attached itself to another chromosome). If such a case is suspected, then the parents should get screened by genetics testing.
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