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Which tests can diagnose impairment in my fetus?

Three types of tests screen for or diagnose potential impairments in the fetus are:-

The first type is genetic-carrier screening. It consists of blood tests that can be performed before you get pregnant or in early pregnancy. The tests determine if you or your partner is a carrier of diseases such as cystic fibrosis that can be inherited by your children.

The second type of prenatal test is a screening test. Such tests measure the likelihood that your fetus has a particular condition, but cannottell you for certain whether the fetus has the condition.

Finally there is the diagnostic test, which gives a yes-or-no answer and tells you that the fetus does or does not have a particular condition.The availability of such tests raises many complicated questions for prospective parents, because treatments for the conditions they diagnose are limited. Treatment can essentially "cure" only a few conditions, such as clubfoot or cleft palate. For other conditions, such ascystic fibrosis, sickle-cell disease, or spina bifida, a range of medications and therapies can improve the child's health and functioning, but cannot end the disability. And for some conditions, no treatment currently exists.

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