Journal article

Population-based carrier screening for cystic fibrosis in Victoria: The first three years experience

John Massie, Vicki Petrou, Robyn Forbes, Lisette Curnow, Liane Ioannou, Desiree Dusart, Agnes Bankier, Martin Delatycki

AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY | WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common inherited, life-shortening condition affecting Australian children. The carrier frequency is one per 25 and most babies with CF are born to parents with no family history. Carrier testing is possible before a couple has an affected infant. AIMS: To report the outcomes of a carrier screening program for CF. METHOD: Carrier screening was offered to women and couples planning a pregnancy, or in early pregnancy, through obstetricians and general practitioners in Victoria, Australia. Samples were collected by cheek swab and posted to the laboratory. Twelve CFTR gene mutations were tested. Carriers were offered genetic counselling and partner tes..

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