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Genetic Screening in Reproductive Health Care


Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: March 2008 - Volume 51 - Issue 1 - p 3-23
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e318160f241
Current Concepts in Prenatal Genetics

Genetic screening is used to identify individuals who have genetic variations or mutations that are associated with a particular disorder. Genetic screening may be useful to plan for periodic evaluation, implementation of preventive strategies, or initiation of therapeutic interventions. Current practice is to offer carrier screening for certain genetic diseases during the preconception encounter or more commonly as part of early prenatal care.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Correspondence: Michael T. Mennuti, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dulles Building, 5th Floor, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. E-mail:

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