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Outcomes of a cystic fibrosis carrier testing clinic for couples

Peter C O’Leary, Susannah J Maxwell, Leanne M Youngs, Kate J Brameld and Ian R Walpole
Med J Aust 2010; 192 (4): 238-239.
Published online: 15 February 2010

To the Editor: Two recent publications have described programs of carrier testing for cystic fibrosis (CF) gene mutations.1,2 The authors conclude that CF carrier testing of women in early pregnancy and their partners, as well as couples contemplating pregnancy, can successfully identify those who are at risk of having a child with CF and provide them with reproductive choices. The authors use these proof-of-concept studies, in the absence of Australian economic data, to call for all couples to be offered CF carrier testing that is supported by government funding.

  • Peter C O’Leary1
  • Susannah J Maxwell1
  • Leanne M Youngs1
  • Kate J Brameld1
  • Ian R Walpole2

  • 1 Office of Population Health Genomics, WA Health, Perth, WA.
  • 2 Genetic Services of Western Australia, WA Health, Perth, WA.


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