WHAT WILL YOU PASS ON?
Knowing your carrier status can help you prepare for your future family.
Carrier screening tests determine if a person is a carrier
for a specific recessive condition. Carriers typically do not have the
condition, but screening can be helpful to couples
to determine the chances of their child inheriting a recessive condition.
Find out if you are a carrier for these hereditary conditions:
- Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a condition that can cause damage to the respiratory (lungs) system and affect the function of the digestive (stomach, intestines, pancreas) and reproductive systems (sex organs). CF also affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive fluids.
- GJB2-Related Hearing Loss
Changes in the GJB2 gene are the most common cause of hereditary hearing loss. GJB2-related hearing loss is typically present at birth, is slowly progressive, and can be mild to severe.
- MCAD Deficiency
Medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency is an inherited disorder that affects the body's ability to break down certain fats and convert them into energy. Symptoms typically appear in babies and young children. If diagnosed and treated early, the disorder can be managed through diet and lifestyle actions. In rare cases, diagnosis does not occur until adulthood. Left untreated, it can lead to seizures, breathing difficulties, coma and other serious health problems.
- Sickle Cell Disease
Sickle cell disease is a condition in which normal red blood cells, which are flexible and round, become stiff and sickle-shaped. Normal red blood cells carry oxygen to the body’s tissues. Sickle cells have a much shorter lifespan than normal red blood cells, causing chronic shortage of red blood cells in the body, called anemia. Symptoms include pain episodes, swelling of the hands/feet, frequent infections, delayed growth and vision issues.