April 7, 2019

No support for genetic screening to avoid having children with haemophilia

Adults with haemophilia and their families do not support a role for genetic screening so that parents-to-be could avoid having a child with haemophilia, say researchers from the University of Warwick (Mol Genet Genomic Med 2019 Mar 5:e618. doi: 10.1002/mgg3.618).

Their survey of 327 adults and families was distributed through the Haemophilia Society during the first half of 2018. A small majority supported screening for carrier status before conception (57%) and before delivery (59%), mainly to reduce pregnancy terminations and increase awareness of haemophilia. Ninety percent of respondents disagreed with the concept of terminating a pregnancy in the event that a foetus was found to have haemophilia.

The paper is available free online.