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Cell-free DNA Prenatal Screening Test (Infographic)

PFSI008 How the Test Is Done CELLFREE DNA PRENATAL SCREENING TEST What is it The cellfree DNA prenatal screening test also called cfDNA test screens for certain conditions caused by an abnormal number of chromosomes It does not test for all types of chromosomal disorders Screening tests are used t...

September 2015


Diagnostic Tests for Birth Defects


What are prenatal diagnostic tests Prenatal diagnostic tests are tests that can detect certain disorders before a baby is born Pregnancy What are prenatal diagnostic testsnbsp How are prenatal diagnostic tests different from screening testsnbsp What is a birth defectnbsp What is a genetic disorder...

September 2015

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BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutations


Cancer is a complex disease thought to be caused by several different factors A few types of cancer run in families These types called hereditary or familial cancer have been linked to changes in genes that can be passed from parents to children Changes in genes are called mutations Hereditary bre...

March 2015

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These Tests Could Save Your Baby's Life: Newborn Screening Tests


Why does my baby need newborn screening tests Although most babies are healthy when they are born every US state requires that newborn screening tests be performed on all babies to identify those that may look healthy but have a rare and serious health problem If problems are found early treatment...

December 2014

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Having a Baby After Age 35


Why is there a concern about having a child later in life Becoming pregnant after age 35 years can present a challenge Also having a child later in life has certain risks These risks may affect a womans health as well as her babys health Pregnancy Why is there a concern about having a child later ...

July 2014

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Screening Tests for Birth Defects


What is a birth defect A birth defect is a problem that is present at birth although it may not be noticed until the child is older Birth defects may affect any part of the body including major organs such as the heart lungs or brain The defect may affect the babys appearance a body function or bo...

April 2014

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Genetic Disorders


What are genes A gene is a small piece of hereditary material called DNA that controls some aspect of a persons physical makeup or a process in the body Genes come in pairs Pregnancy What are genesnbsp What are chromosomesnbsp What determines my babyrsquos sexnbsp What causes genetic disordersnbsp...

April 2014

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Repeated Miscarriages


What is repeated miscarriage Repeated miscarriage or recurrent pregnancy loss is defined as having two or more miscarriages After three miscarriagesa thorough physical exam and testing are recommended Pregnancy What is repeated miscarriagenbsp What is the likelihood of having repeated miscarriages...

June 2013

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Preconception Carrier Screening


What is preconception carrier screening Preconception carrier screening is screening that you can have before becoming pregnant to help predict your chances of having a child with a genetic disorder Pregnancy What is preconception carrier screeningnbsp What is a carrier How is carrier screening do...

August 2012

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Cystic Fibrosis - Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis


What is cystic fibrosis CF Cystic fibrosis CF is a genetic disorder It is caused by an abnormal gene that is passed from parent to child It is a lifelong illness that affects all of the organs of the body and often causes problems with digestion and breathing It does not affect a persons looks or ...

August 2011

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