Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis is a procedure that has recently been developed to determine if one or both expecting parents may have a genetic mutation that could cause problems or genetic abnormalities in their unborn children. Many times, these abnormalities turn into other complications after birth, and with this diagnosis, you may be able to choose the embryo most likely to survive and be healthy.
Ideal Candidates for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
People that are considered good candidates for this type of diagnosis are those who either have relatives with the disorder or have another child with some type of chromosomal disorder.
Other candidates that are tested and may want to consider this procedure are those with autosomal (non-sex chromosome) dominant disorders of their own. In many cases, one or both partners will have a chromosome translocation that could cause abnormalities or mutations in their unborn child or children. The two most common disorders or mutations are cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia.
Those who have had problems with IVF or recurring pregnancy loss, or women who are of an advanced age (over 35) who have recently become pregnant, are all considered excellent candidates for testing.
All candidates should also be sure to check with their primary care physician to assess the complete list of risks and complications that may occur.