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.