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What is Genetic Carrier Screening?
Genetic carrier screening is a type of test that can tell you whether you carry a gene for certain genetic disorders.
What is Genetic Carrier Screening used for?
Everyone carries abnormal genes, and in general, carriers have no symptoms or signs of the disease they carry. Carrier screening determines whether an individual carries a change in one of their genes and if they are at increased risk of having a child affected with a genetic disease.
Carrier screening is available for a limited number of diseases as follow:
Who should consider genetic carrier screening?
All women who are considering getting pregnant or who are already pregnant are offered carrier screening for cystic fibrosis, hemoglobinopathies, and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
How does the Genetic Carrier Screening performed?
Carrier screening involves testing a sample of blood from one or both parents, it allows you to find out your chances of having a child with genetic disorder. The Genetic Carrier Screening can be done before or during the pregnancy; however, getting tested before pregnancy gives you a greater range of options and more time to make decisions since the result usually comes out about 4-6 weeks.
There are two approaches to carrier screening for additional disorders:
How to interpret Genetic Carrier Screening results?
The results will show as positive, Negative, or uncertain.