Can autosomal recessive genetic disorders be prevented?

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The only way to prevent autosomal recessive genetic disorders is to not have a child affected with the disorder.   Autosomal recessive genetic disorders occur because both parents of a child each have one copy of a particular mutated gene. Because they are carriers and do not have the actual disorder, parents may not even realize there is a risk for a particular condition until their child is born with it. A genetic counselor can help you determine whether you and your spouse are carriers of a particular autosomal recessive genetic disorder. They can also help you determine the chances that your offspring will have such a disorder and discuss with you various types of options for the pregnancy.  Genetic counselor ideally occurs before conception.

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