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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Angleman Syndrome

My fiance has a daughter from his previous relationship. She has angelman syndrome. What are the chances of the happening to us when we decide to have a baby? Should we do testing before hand? Thank you.

Amy

Dear Amy,

Angleman Sydrome is caused by a genetic problem that is inherited from a parent, often the father. Therefore, it could happen when you decide to have a baby together. You should see a genetic counselor, and your fiance should have genetic testing. That way you will know if he carries the defect and what the chances are of passing it on again.

Sincerely,
Amy

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