Carrier testing for common genetic diseases
Carrier testing can rule out the chances of a few common inherited diseases. These genetic diseases are not linked to family history. Generally, a blood test can determine whether both parents of the baby classify as a carrier for diseases, such as:
- Cystic fibrosis, or CF, a chronic disease that can harm reproductive, digestive and respiratory systems.
- Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a disease that destroys nerve cells, causing children to lose muscle control.
- Fragile X syndrome, a disease that causes developmental issues, such as learning disabilities and cognitive impairment.
Please visit with your physician if you have concerns or questions related to carrier testing.