What increases my child's risk for autosomal recessive genetic disorders?

Autosomal recessive genetic disorders are inherited conditions.  Thus, a child's risk for being born with the condition depends upon if both parents have a mutated copy of the gene (they are 'carriers') that cause the disorder and passed it on to this child.  If both parents are carriers, the risk is 25%, or 1 in 4, with each pregnancy that a child will be born with the disorder to this couple.

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