As previously explained, Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) is a type of test that can be performed as early as week 5. It is performed by removing chorionic cells that make up the outer membrane of the fetus with a catheter.
The benefit of this test is that it can be done before the embryo’s central nervous system and cardiac systems come “online” thus potentially minimizing any attachment the mother may have with the embryo. This test is particularly useful because the cells will serve as markers for potential disorders.
CVS can detect the following disorders
- Klinefelter Syndrome
- Trisomy 21
- Prader-Willi Syndrome
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Huntington’s Disease
- Cystic Fibrosis
- and many, many more
The question we pose to you is after reading our blog and learning about three of the more “minimal” genetic disorders, what would you do if your future child tested positive for one of the aforementioned diseases?
Please note that by saying minimal, we are in no means belittling individuals, families, or friends affected by Klinefelter, Prader-Wili, or Trisomy 21. Every disorder is different and each presents their own set of unique challenges. On the other hand, in comparison to diseases like Huntington’s or Cystic Fibrosis, we believe they are a lot less heinous.