IVF Genetic Testing

ivf genetic testing

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) refers specifically to when one or both genetic parents have a known genetic abnormality and testing is performed on an embryo to determine if it also carries a genetic abnormality.

Through PGD techniques, the IVF Center is able to test for many different genetic diseases. Some of our families request PGD for a specific genetic condition running in their family, such as cystic fibrosis, Tay Sachs disease, and muscular dystrophy or Fragile X syndrome. Other couples request genetic testing for chromosome problems, such as Down syndrome, trisomy 18, trisomy 13 and Marfan syndrome, and in order to improve their chances of getting pregnant during in vitro fertilization. By choosing to pursue PGD, you will significantly reduce the chances for your baby to be affected with a specific genetic condition.

The IVF Center provides one of the most experienced and successful IVF services with preimplantation genetic diagnosis in the world. In addition to hundreds of IVF/ICSI treatment cycles performed annually for infertility, Dr. Tur-Kaspa, the IVF Center’s Medical Director, conducted personally more than 1000 IVF-PGD cycles in the last few years for patients with over 50 different single gene genetic disorders (such as Cystic Fibrosis, Fragile-X syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Thalassemia, Sickle cell anemia, Huntington disease, and Hereditary cancer predisposition genes), chromosomal translocations, for HLA matched child, and for aneuploidy. Currently, we are able to perform PGD for almost any known genetic conditions including single gene disorders and/or for chromosomal abnormalities.

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