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Genetic Carrier Screening
- Genetic Carrier Screening
These tests are done for specific genetic conditions that might be present in a particular sect or ethnicity. The child should get two gene from both the parents to inherit such a condition. For example Thalassemia is common among: Greek, Italian, southeast Asians and Hispanics whereas Tay-Sachs disease, Canavan disease, familial dysautonomia and cystic fibrosis is common for Ashkenazi Eastern European Jews.
- Glucose Tolerance Test
- Doppler Non Stress Test
- Colour Doppler Test
- Thalassemia Trait Test
- Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Carrier Screening
- G6PD (Glucose 6 Phosphate Dehydrogenas)
Do remember to ask your doctor on all the tests and their results. One has the right to know the reasons for getting a test done, the procedure involved, the cost, the preparation needed and the importance of the results for a healthy pregnancy. Read about the tests in literature and also talk to it about people who have had deliveries or expecting mothers. Don’t just go for a test because the doctor does it for all his/ her patients. Ask for the validity and the reasons behind everything, as some tests can be painful and sometimes dangerous. Be well informed and prepared for all kinds of consequences and results.