Hereditary Carrier Screening

Don’t Risk It… Screen it!

Some rare diseases can be passed to your children through your genes. Just because one doesn’t have any symptoms doesn’t mean he/she isn’t a carrier for the disease.

  • Ashkenazi Jews are at higher risk for many genetic diseases, including Tay-Sachs and cystic fibrosis.
  • African-Americans are at higher risk for several diseases including sickle-cell anemia.
  • Many people of Asian ancestry are at higher risk for genetic diseases as well.

Hereditary Carrier testing or Carrier screening is a way to find out if you and/or your partner have a high chance of passing a disease or condition to your children. You can have your genes tested, along with your partner’s. If you both have the genes for a specific disease, there is a greater chance you will pass it to at least one of your children.

Implications of Hereditary Carrier Screening

 

 Negative:

  • Patient is reassured there is a reduced risk of having a child with a genetic disorder

   Positive:

  • Patient has options

If you would like to order a Hereditary Carrier Test