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Patient Education

Carrier detection tests and prenatal diagnosis

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source: Muscular Dystrophy UK


There are several types of muscular dystrophy and about 50 neuromuscular conditions, all of which fall under the umbrella of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. If you have a relative with one of these conditions and are hoping to start a family, you may want to know the answers to two important questions:

-Am I a carrier of the condition?
-Will my children be affected?

The answers will vary according to the type of muscular dystrophy or related condition, its inheritance pattern, and how much we know about its genetic causes.

This factsheet is a reference guide to some of the general techniques and genetic tests which can be used in carrier detection and prenatal diagnosis.


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