Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Panel (AJGP)
What If I Am a Carrier?
It is more common to be a carrier of a genetic disease, such as Reference cystic fibrosis Opens New Window (CF), than to have the disease. If tests show that you are a carrier of a disease, your partner also should be tested. Both parents must be carriers of a disease for a child to get the disease.
The tests are not 100% accurate, so a person may test negative and yet be a carrier. If you are a carrier and your partner tests negative, there is still a very small chance that you will have a child with the disease.Reference 1
If you and your partner are both carriers of the same genetic disease, there is a 1-in-4 (25%) chance that your child will have the disease.
- If you are not already pregnant, you may wish to have Reference genetic counseling Opens New Window to understand your risks and options if you decide to have children.
- If you are already pregnant, you may wish to have tests, such as Reference amniocentesis Opens New Window or Reference chorionic villus sampling Opens New Window, to help find out whether your baby has a disease.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 28, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Siobhan M. Dolan, MD, MPH - Reproductive Genetics
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