Cystic Fibrosis Prenatal Screening And Diagnosis
Even if there is no family history of Cystic Fibrosis, Montgomery County’s OB-GYN, Dr. Rania Ibrahim, recommends that all couples who are planning a pregnancy or beginning their prenatal care program be offered a carrier screening test for the disorder.
Cystic Fibrosis screening is now also recommended for all newborns, and all states include the test in their newborn screening panel. Laboratories typically use Cystic Fibrosis gene transformation testing to check for more than 23 shared gene mutations. Those who have an identified Cystic Fibrosis gene mutation in their family should be tested precisely for that mutation.
Cystic Fibrosis is a comparatively common genetic disorder that is caused by a change in a particular gene. If a person receives an altered gene from one parent and a normal gene from the other parent, he or she will be a carrier of the disorder.
Carriers of the gene do not experience symptoms and are not ill, but they may pass their irregular gene on to their children. Approximately 1,000 different Cystic Fibrosis gene mutations have been identified, but not many of them are common.
If both parents are designated as carriers and both pass the altered genes on to their child, then that child will have Cystic Fibrosis. Those who suffer from the disorder have thick, sticky mucus in their lungs and pancreas, which can lead to recurrent respiratory infections, obstructed pancreatic and liver ducts, and reduced protein digestion.
The majority of males who are diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis are also infertile due to absent or underdeveloped sperm ducts. Most people who suffer from Cystic Fibrosis develop respiratory and pancreatic warning signs very early, although the severity of the symptoms varies.
Couples who are planning a pregnancy can talk to their OB-GYN about genetic testing and provide additional information to help couples make an educated decision about the risk of having a child born with CF.
If both parents are designated as carriers, the expectant mother can have amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling in an attempt to identify or rule out Cystic Fibrosis in the fetus.
If you are pregnant – or thinking of becoming pregnant – and would like more information regarding prenatal testing then call Dr. Rania Ibrahim in Conroe, TX at (936) 441-8635 to schedule your confidential consultation.
Are you looking for ObGyn in Spring TX?
Dr. Rania Ibrahim is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist with a Medical Practice located in Montgomery County, serving patients in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring and Magnolia, Texas. New Beginnings Ob/Gyn offers many services including Prenatal care, treatment of hot flashes and menopause symptoms, treatment of endometriosis and painful periods, uterine ablation, routine well women exams, infertility treatment, as well as treatments of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
You can work together from the initial consultation to the implementation of your own personal birth plan, and follow-up. Dr. Rania Ibrahim has enormous experience in high risk obstetrics. She is a skilled surgeon and has an excellent and caring team.
Dr. Rania Ibrahim is sympathetic to the needs of women. She specializes in minimally invasive surgery and performs robotic (DaVinci) assisted myomectomies and hysterectomies.
New Beginnings OB-GYN proudly serves the residents of Montgomery County, Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, and Magnolia, Texas.
Note: Hospital deliveries and procedures are conveniently offered at Conroe Regional Medical Center, CHI-St Luke’s-The Woodlands, and Memorial Hermann Medical Center-The Woodlands