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Every year, estimate 7. 9 million infants are born with serious birth defects. Although some congenital defects can be controlled and treat, estimate 3. 2 million of these children are disabled for life. Moreover, birth defects are the leading cause of infant mortality in the United States. But where do these defects come from? Although some birth defects are inherit, others are product of harmful environmental factors know as teratogens, and still others are multifactorial, resulting from complex interaction of genetic and environmental influences. However, in approximately half of all birth defect cases, causes are unknown. Genetic causes of birth defects fall into three general categories: chromosomal abnormalities, single - gene defects, and multifactorial influences. Prenatal environment can play a major role in development of defects in all three categories, especially those linked to multifactorial causes. A person's genetic makeup is determined at conception. It is then, during nuclear events of fertilization, that genetic causes of many birth defects are determine. For example, chromosomal abnormalities, or large - scale duplications or deletions of chromosomal segments or entire chromosomes, can become apparent during this period. Many zygotes that carry such abnormalities do not develop into embryos, but among those that are carried to term, trisomy 21, trisomy 13, and trisomy 18 are the most frequent birth defects. Embryos with these three conditions will develop severe disabilities regardless of environmental factors associated with pregnancy. Unlike Down Syndrome patients, who usually have relatively long life span, children with Patau and Edwards syndromes often die soon after birth. Individuals diagnosed with Patau Syndrome suffer from neurological problems, mental and motor deficiencies, and polydactyly, as well as eye, heart, and spine defects. Those born with Edwards Syndrome suffer mental retardation, breathing and feeding difficulties, delayed growth, and malformations of kidneys, intestines, and heart. Thankfully, both of these devastating syndromes are rare. Down Syndrome, on the other hand, is by far the most common chromosomal abnormality, affecting 1 in 800 babies. The risk of having child with this condition increases with maternal age, rising exponentially after woman reaches age 35. For instance, in young mothers, frequency of trisomy 21 is about 1 in 2 000, but this frequency rises to 1 in 100 when a woman is 40 and to 1 in 12 when she is 50 years old. People who have Down Syndrome suffer from moderate to severe mental retardation and a wide variety of health problems, including heart defects, leukemia, and Alzheimer's disease. Severity of these defects varies widely, however, and the majority of people with Down Syndrome live semi - independent lives, with an average life expectancy of 56 in the United States. Aneuploidies such as Down Syndrome can generally be detected by the presence of additional chromosomes or chromosome translocations in karyotype or FISH profile. As opposed to chromosomal abnormalities, single - gene defects are usually inherit. For example, phenylketonuria is a heritable condition caused by malfunction of the PAH enzyme that breaks down amino acid phenylalanine.

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What causes chromosomal conditions?

Chromosomal conditions are caused by two kinds of changes in chromosomes: changes in the number of chromosomesThis means you have too many or too few chromosomes. Changes in the structure of chromosomesThis mean that part of the chromosome may be missing, repeated or rearrange. Both kinds of changes can be inherit. This means theyre passed from parent to child. Or they can happen randomly as cells develop. Chromosomal conditions are caused by two kinds of changes in chromosomes: changes in the number of chromosomesThis means you have too many or too few chromosomes. Changes in the structure of chromosomesThis mean that part of the chromosome may be missing, repeated or rearrange. Both kinds of changes can be inherit. This means theyre passed from parent to child. Or they can happen randomly as cells develop.


Medical Genetics: How Chromosome Abnormalities Happen

Meiosis is a process in which sex cells divide and create new sex cells with half the number of chromosomes. Sperm and eggs are sex cells. Meiosis is the start of process of how a baby grows. Normally, meiosis causes each parent to give 23 chromosomes to pregnancy. When sperm fertilizes egg, union leads to a baby with 46 chromosomes. But if meiosis doesnt happen normally, baby may have extra chromosome,s or have missing chromosome.S These problems can cause pregnancy loss. Or they can cause health problems in children. A woman aged 35 years or older is at higher risk of having a baby with chromosomal abnormality. This is because errors in meiosis may be more likely to happen as result of the aging process. Women are born with all of their eggs already in their ovaries. Eggs begin to mature during puberty. If a woman is 35 years old, eggs in the ovaries are also 35 years old. You may be referred for genetic counseling or testing if youre age 35 or older when you are pregnant. Men make new sperm So age doesnt increase the risk for chromosome abnormalities for older fathers a lot. But newer studies suggest that rare abnormalities do occur.

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What are genes and chromosomes?

Sometimes it's not the number of chromosomes that's problem, but that chromosomes have something wrong with them, like extra or missing part. When a part is missing, it's called deletion and microdeletion. Microdeletions are so small that they may involve only a few genes on the chromosome. Some genetic disorders caused by deletions and microdeletions include Wolf - Hirschhorn syndrome, cri - du - chat syndrome, DiGeorge syndrome, and Williams syndrome. In translocations, bits of chromosomes shift from one chromosome to another. Most translocations are balance, which means there is no gain or loss of genetic material. But some are unbalanced, which means there may be too much genetic material in some places and not enough in others. With inversions, small parts of DNA code seem to be snipped out, flipped over, and reinserted. Translocations may be either inherited from parents or happen spontaneously in child's own chromosomes. Both balanced translocations and inversions typically cause no malformations or developmental problems in kids who have them. However, those with either translocations or inversions who wish to become parents may have increased risk of miscarriage or chromosome abnormalities in their own children. Unbalanced translocations or inversions are associated with developmental and / or physical abnormalities.

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What is genetic counseling?

Carrier Screening: test done on person without signs or symptoms to find out whether he or she carries a gene for genetic disorder. Cell - Free DNA: DNA from the placenta that moves freely in pregnant women's blood. Analysis of this DNA can be done as noninvasive prenatal screening test. Chorionic Villus Sampling: procedure in which small sample of cells is taken from the placenta and test. Chromosomes: structures that are located inside each cell in the body. They contain genes that determine a person's physical makeup. Cystic Fibrosis: inherited disorder that causes problems with breathing and digestion. Diagnostic Tests: Tests that look for disease or cause of disease. Down Syndrome: genetic disorder that causes abnormal features of the face and body, medical problems such as heart Defects, and mental disability. Most cases of Down Syndrome are caused by extra chromosome 21. Edwards Syndrome: genetic condition that causes serious problems. It causes small head, heart defects, and deafness. Fetus: stage of human development beyond 8 completed weeks after fertilization. Genetic Counselor: health care professional with special training in genetics who can provide expert advice about genetic disorders and prenatal testing. Genetic Disorders: Disorders caused by changes in genes or Chromosomes. Inherited Disorders: Disorders caused by change in genes that can be passed from parents to children. Neural Tube Defects: birth Defects that result from problems in the development of the brain, spinal cord, or their coverings. Nuchal Translucency Screening: test to screen for certain birth defects, such as Down Syndrome, Edwards Syndrome, or heart Defects. Screening uses ultrasound to measure fluid at back of fetuss neck. Patau Syndrome: genetic condition that causes serious problems. It involves the heart and brain, cleft lip and palate, and extra fingers and toes. Placenta: organ that provides nutrients and takes waste away from the fetus. Screening Tests: Tests that look for possible signs of disease in people who do not have signs or symptoms. Sex Chromosomes: Chromosomes that determine a person's sex. In humans, there are two sex chromosomes, X and Y. Females have two X Chromosomes and males have X and Y chromosome. Sickle Cell Disease: inherited disorder in which red blood cells have crescent shape, which causes chronic anemia and episodes of pain. The disease occurs most often in African Americans. Tay - Sachs Disease: inherited disorder that causes mental disability, blindness, seizures, and death, usually by age 5. It most commonly affects people from Eastern or Central European Jewish backgrounds, as well as people from French, Canadian and Cajun backgrounds. Ultrasound Exams: Tests in which sound waves are used to examine inner parts of the body. During pregnancy, ultrasound can be used to check the fetus. Copyright September 2019 by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists


What Do Genetic Counselors Do?

Before you meet with genetic counselor in person, you may be asked to gather information about your family history. The Counselors will want to know of any relatives with genetic disorders, multiple miscarriages, and early or unexplained deaths. The counselor will also want to look over your medical records, including any ultrasounds, prenatal test results, past pregnancies, and medicines you took before or during pregnancy. When you meet with counselor, you 'll go over any gaps or potential problem areas in your family or medical history. Counselors can help you understand inheritance patterns of disorders and help assess your chances of having child with those disorders. The counselor will talk about risks that every pregnancy faces and risks that you personally face. Even if you discover you have a particular problem gene, science can't always predict the severity of related disease. For instance, child with cystic fibrosis can have debilitating lung problems or, less commonly, milder respiratory symptoms. If more tests are needed, counselor will help you set up those appointments and track paperwork. When results come in, counselor will call you with news and may ask you to come in for another discussion.

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What Are Birth Defects?

Many birth defects are diagnosed even before the baby is born through prenatal tests. Prenatal tests also can help determine if the mother has an infection or other condition that is dangerous for the fetus. Knowing about baby's health problems ahead of time can help parents and doctors plan for the future. It's important to remember that screening identifies only possibility that baby has a defect. Some women give birth to healthy babies after a screening test shows that defect may be present. If you re pregnant, talk to your doctor about any tests he or she thinks you should have. Other birth defects are found during routine newborn screenings. With parents ' permission, babies are tested after birth to screen for certain birth defects that need to be treat. In the US, exactly what a baby is tested for varies from state to state, although all states screen for phenylketonuria, congenital hypothyroidism, sickle cell disease, and about 30 other conditions. Parents should ask health care providers or hospital nursery which test their state do. Parents who have concerns about another specific birth defect might be able to have their baby tested for it. They should talk to their health care provider about it before the baby is born.

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Can Birth Defects Be Prevented?

An average of 18 babies die each day because of birth defects. It should be known that many birth defects cannot be prevent. Yet there are things a woman can do during her pregnancy to increase the chance of having a healthy baby: visit your health care provider. After finding out you are pregnant, you should schedule regular appointments with your health care provider. Beginning prenatal care sooner can help make sure that mother and baby are healthy from the start of pregnancy. In your appointments, you should discuss any type of medication you are taking or considering taking. This would include any prescription medications, over - counter medications or herbal supplements. Get vaccinated. At your doctor's appointments, make sure your vaccinations are up - to - date. Birth defects can be caused by conditions such as rubella or chickenpox. These infections are rare because most individuals receive vaccinations for them, but talk to your doctor if you believe you need to receive these vaccinations. Manage pre - existing conditions. If a woman has a health condition, it is important to make sure that condition is under control before becoming pregnant. This is especially case for conditions like obesity and diabetes. They can increase the risk of birth defects. If you are on any medications for health condition, your medications may also need to be changed to ones that are safer to take during pregnancy. Take folic acid. A pregnant woman should get 400 micrograms of folic acid each day. If you plan on trying to become pregnant in the near future, you should begin taking folic acid one month before becoming pregnant. Any multivitamin or prenatal supplement should provide you with enough folic acid to prevent birth defects. Say no to substances. It may seem obvious, but it is important to stop using any substances while pregnant. This includes drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes. It also includes illicit drugs. Drug and alcohol abuse during pregnancy could result in several birth defects. Healthy lifestyle. Leading a healthy lifestyle can help prevent certain birth defects. Balance diet before and during pregnancy can help both mother and baby stay healthy. If you have a family history of birth defects or you are considered to have high - risk pregnancy because of age, medical history or background, you should talk with your doctor about potentially meeting with genetic counselor. Genetic counselors can help determine the risk of a baby having a birth defect. It is important to remember that a doctor may say that there is a higher chance that your baby will be born with a birth defect, but more likely than not, your baby will be perfectly normal when he or she is born.

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Cause of Edwards' syndrome

Trisomy 18, also know as Edwards syndrome, is the second most common Trisomy behind Trisomy 21. It occurs in 1 in 5 000 live births and it is caused by the presence of extra chromosome 18 and is similar to Down syndrome. It is seen more commonly with increasing maternal age. Babies born with Trisomy 18 have distinct clinical features, including developmental delay and craniofacial, limb, heart, and kidney abnormalities. Half of all babies born with Edwards syndrome die within the first week, and only 5% to 10% live beyond the first year of life. Trisomy is caused by genetic error in which three copies of chromosome are inherited from parents. Trisomy 18 is caused by the presence of extra chromosome 18, and most frequently is of maternal origin and includes the entire chromosome in most cases rather than part of the chromosome. In a small percentage of patients, additional chromosome 18 is present in some, but not all cells, and is referred to as mosaicism; these affect patients may not present with typical features of Edwards syndrome list below. Most cases of Trisomy 18 are diagnosed prenatally. Standard pregnancy screening during first and second trimesters, including serum markers with ultrasound, can accurately diagnose more than three quarters of all cases. Chorionic villi sampling is another genetic - base test that can diagnose Trisomy 18. This diagnosis of Trisomy 18 is important in order to better prepare parents and caregivers due to the high risk of Fetal demise and early postnatal death. There are a number of support groups available to families dealing with these types of issues. Treatment and management of children with Edwards syndrome is dependent upon the severity of findings. There is no definitive treatment for children with Trisomy 18, and there are ethical issues surrounding management of these newborns due to high mortality rate and difficulty in predicting which infants will live beyond their first year of life. The major cause of death in many of these infants is sudden death due to neurological instability, cardiac failure, and respiratory failure. For those infants diagnosed with incomplete Trisomy 18 or mosaic Trisomy 18, management is focused on addressing abnormalities present since they have such a variable prognosis. The average lifespan for infants born with Trisomy 18 is 3 days to 2 weeks. Studies show that 60% to 75% of children survive for 24 hours, 20% to 60% for 1 week, 22% to 44% for 1 month, 9% to 18% for 6 months, and 5% to 10% for over 1 year. Therefore, there are quite a few affected children who require significant care and ongoing screening during their lives. Specialists in pediatric development, neurology, and genetics are often helpful with guiding ongoing care of these children. There are great support groups such as Support Organization for Trisomy 18 13 and Related Disorders and Trisomy 18 Foundation for parents and providers seeking guidance.


How is Trisomy 18 Diagnosed?

Babies with Trisomy 18 have varied outcomes. For some, medical challenges they face will be significant enough that they will pass away shortly after delivery, while a small number of families can go on to celebrate their babys first birthdays and beyond. Babies that survive newborn period will have significant cognitive impairment and other medical issues that will require advanced care throughout life. Pediatric specialists at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Childrens Hospital remain available to provide the best possible care for every baby with Trisomy 18 from birth and beyond. We understand that Trisomy 18 is a difficult diagnosis. That is why they were available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 314 - 268 - 4037 or toll free at 877 - SSM - FETL.

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Advice for new parents

Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder. It is also called trisomy 21. It includes certain birth defects, learning problems, and facial features. Childs with Down Syndrome also may have heart defects and problems with vision and hearing. How severe or mild these problems are varies from child to child. Down Syndrome is one of the most common genetic birth defects. It affects about 1 in 800 babies. Adults with Down Syndrome may live about 60 years, but this can vary. When baby is conceive, normal egg cell and normal sperm cell start with 46 chromosomes. Egg and sperm cells are then divided in half. Egg and sperm cells then have 23 chromosomes each. When sperm with 23 chromosomes fertilizes an egg with 23 chromosomes, baby will then have a complete set of 46 chromosomes. Half are from fathers and half are from their mother. But sometimes errors occur when 46 chromosomes are being divided in half. Egg or sperm cells may keep both copies of chromosome number 21, instead of just 1 copy. If this egg or sperm is fertilize, then the baby will have 3 copies of chromosome number 21. This is called trisomy 21. Sometimes the extra number 21 chromosome or part of it is attached to another chromosome in the egg or sperm. This may cause translocation Down Syndrome. This is the only form of Down Syndrome that may be inherited from parent.S rare form is called mosaic trisomy 21. This is when errors in cell division happen after the egg is fertilize. People with this syndrome have both normal cells and some cells with extra chromosome number 21. Mothers age at her child birth is the only factor linked to the risk of having a baby with Down Syndrome. This risk increases with each year of age, especially after age 35. But younger women are more likely to have babies than older women. So most babies with Down Syndrome are born to women younger than 35. Symptoms can occur bit differently in each child. They can include: eyes that slant upward Small ears that may fold over slightly on top Small mouth that makes the tongue appear large small nose with flattened bridge short neck Small hands with short fingers 2 instead of 3 palm creases, including one across the palm and one around the base of thumb Short height Loose joints most children with Down Syndrome will have some but not all of these features. Heart defects, intestinal problems, vision problems, hearing problems, Thyroid problems, blood conditions, such as leukemia, and risk for infections. Learning problems, chromosome problems such as Down Syndrome can often be diagnosed before birth. This is done by looking at cells in amniotic fluid or from placenta. This can also be done by looking at the amount of babys DNA in the mother's blood. This is noninvasive prenatal screening. These tests are very accurate.

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Symptoms and features

Babies with Patau's syndrome can have a wide range of health problems. Their growth in the womb is often restrict, resulting in low birth weight, and 8 out of 10 will be born with severe heart defects. The brain is often not divided into 2 halves. This is known as holoprosencephaly. When this happen, it can affect facial features and cause defects such as: smaller than normal head size, skin missing from scalp, ear malformations and deafness rise red birthmarks, abdominal wall defect where the abdomen does not develop fully in the womb, resulting in intestines being outside the body, covered only by membrane - this is know as exomphalos or omphalocoele abnormal cysts in kidneys abnormally small penis in boys enlarged clitoris in girls there may also be abnormalities of hands and feet, such as extra fingers or toes and round bottom to feet, know as rocker - bottom feet.

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Causes of Patau's syndrome

You 'll be offered a screening test for Patau's Syndrome, as well as Down's Syndrome and Edwards Syndrome, from 10 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. Test assess your chances of having a baby with these syndromes. The Screening test offered at 10 to 14 weeks of pregnancy is called a combined test because it involves blood test and an ultrasound scan. If screening tests show that you have a higher risk of having a baby with Patau's Syndrome, you 'll be offered a diagnostic test to find out for certain whether your baby has Syndrome. This test will check your baby's chromosomes in sample of cells taken from him or her. Two techniques can be used to obtain cell sample: amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling. These are invasive tests to remove samples of tissue or fluid so it can be tested for presence of extra copy of chromosome 13. A newer test has recently been developed where a sample of blood from the mother is taken so baby's DNA found within it can be test. This is known as non - invasive prenatal testing and is only available privately. If you are not able to have a combined screening test, you 'll be offered a scan that looks for physical abnormalities, including those found in Patau's Syndrome. This is sometimes called mid - pregnancy scan and is carried out when you are between 18 and 21 weeks pregnant.


What Are the Treatments?

Parents of baby with Trisomy 13 face many difficult decisions regarding care of their child. Babies will be given comfort care, and 80% will not survive past the first month of life. Most will not live past the first week, regardless of medical intervention. Despite good caloric intake, many babies with chromosomal defects will show slow growth. Parents will be offered genetic testing and counseling. Few children are less severely affected and will overcome many difficulties;. Those babies should receive regular child care visits for immunizations and anticipatory guidance, with screening at frequent intervals for vision and hearing difficulties, scoliosis, developmental delays and symptoms of other conditions that can be treat.


What is Trisomy 13?

Trisomy 13 is a genetic disorder that your baby gets when she has extra 13 chromosome.S In other words, she has three copies of her chromosome 13 when she should have just two. It happens when cells divide abnormally during reproduction, and create extra genetic material on chromosome 13. Additional chromosomes can come from either egg or sperm, but doctors think that the chances of woman having a baby with any chromosome abnormality go up after age 35. Extra 13 chromosomes cause severe mental and physical problems. Unfortunately, most babies born with it do live past their first month or year. But some can survive for years. Thatas because there are two different kinds of Trisomy 13. Babies can have three copies of chromosome number 13 in all of their cells, or in only some of them. Symptoms depend on how many cells have extra chromosome.S

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Trisomy 18 Explained

Trisomy 18, also know as Edwards syndrome, is a condition that is caused by error in cell division, know as meiotic disjunction. When this happen, instead of normal pair, extra chromosome 18 results in developing baby and disrupts the normal pattern of development in significant ways that can be life - threatening, even before birth. Trisomy 18 errors occur in about 1 out of every 2500 pregnancies in the United States and 1 in 6000 live births. The number of total births is much higher because it includes significant numbers of stillbirths that occur in 2 and 3 trimesters of pregnancy. Unlike Down syndrome, which is also caused by extra chromosome,s developmental issues caused by Trisomy 18 are associated with more medical complications that are more potentially life - threatening in early months and years of life. Studies have shown that only 50% of babies who are carried to term will be born alive, and baby girls will have higher rates of live birth than baby boys. At birth, Intensive Care admissions in Neonatal Intensive Care Units are routine for infants with Trisomy 18. Again, baby boys will experience higher mortality rates in this Neonatal period than baby girls, although those with higher birth weights do better across all categories. Some infants will be able to survive to be discharged from hospital with home nursing support to assist with care by parents. And although 10 percent or more may survive to their first birthdays, there are children with Trisomy 18 that can enjoy many years of life with their families, achieve milestones and be involved with their community. A small number of adults with Trisomy 18 have and are living into their twenties and thirties, although with significant developmental delays that do not allow them to live independently without full time caregiving.

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Chromosomal Abnormalities and Miscarriage

Chromosomal abnormalities are one of the primary causes of miscarriage during the first trimester. In early miscarriage, chromosomal errors can prevent the fetus or embryo from developing normally. When this happen, immune system will often respond by spontaneously terminating pregnancy, but some miscarriages require assistance for tissue to pass from the uterus. Research suggests that chromosomal abnormalities are behind 60% to 70% of first - time miscarriages. In most cases, error is a random anomaly, and the woman will go on to have a normal subsequent pregnancy. A significant number of miscarriages are caused by type of disorder where there are three copies of chromosome instead of two. This is called a trisomy. Examples are trisomy 16 and trisomy 9, which together account for around 13% of all first - trimester miscarriages. This type of chromosomal abnormality occurs more often with the increasing age of women In other cases, chromosomal abnormality may lead to a rare condition called molar pregnancy. During molar pregnancy, tissues that were meant to form into fetus instead become abnormal growth on the uterus. There are two types of molar pregnancy: complete molar pregnancy is caused when the egg has no genetic information, and is fertilized by one or two sperms. Due to lack of genetic information from mother's side, fertilized egg develops a placenta that looks like a cluster of grapes without accompanying fetus. Partial molar pregnancy happens when an egg with genetic material is fertilized by two sperms. It causes development of an embryo that has multiple copies of chromosomes, forms some abnormal placental tissue and usually does not survive.

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Treatments

In many cases, there is no treatment or cure for chromosomal abnormalities. However, some interventions may include: genetic counseling. If testing indicates your child has chromosomal abnormality, you will meet with genetic counselor who will explain features of the condition, short - and long - term features, what interventions may prove helpful and the risk of recurrence in additional family members. Occupational therapy. Your child may need help from an occupational therapist to learn certain skills of daily living, such as getting dress, bathing, eating and school - related tasks like writing. Physical therapy. A physical therapist can help your child learn to build muscle strength, improve motor skills and accomplish more daily tasks. Cardiovascular medicines. For some chromosomal conditions, cardiologist will prescribe medicines to prevent dilation of your child's aorta and other blood vessels. It is quite common for children with chromosome anomalies to either have birth defects or be at increased risk for future medical issues, including developmental delays. Patients are often seen by a number of specialty doctors at Riley at IU Health to ensure the best possible treatment is being provided for these various issues.

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Screening Tests

Diagnostic Tests are performed during pregnancy to detect if certain genetic disorders are present in the baby, such as cystic fibrosis or Down syndrome. Some diagnostic tests can also check for neural tube defects, like spina bifida. Diagnostic Tests are generally safe procedures when performed by experienced physician. However, all procedures carry small risk of complications which can include increased risk of pregnancy loss. Chorionic villus sampling Tests sample of tissue taken from the placenta in the first trimester. Amniocentesis: test sample of amniotic fluid taken from the womb in the second trimester. Fetal blood sampling or percutaneous umbilical blood sampling uses blood samples from babys umbilical cord to test for genetic disorders. This is usually done when Amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling is not possible. Prenatal Chromosome Analysis is a common genetic test performed on cells obtained from Amniocentesis or CVS that can detect large changes in chromosomes, such as extra or missing chromosomes or changes in how chromosomes are put together. Prenatal Chromosomal Microarray Analysis is a more detailed test performed on cells obtained from Amniocentesis or CVS and tries to detect if any pieces of chromosomes are missing or extra. These extra or missing pieces may be too small to see on karyotype alone. Fetal genomic or whole - exome sequencing is a diagnostic test for pregnancies with complex fetal conditions that checks almost all of the babys genes.

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