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How can a chorionic villus sampling (CVS) tell me if my baby has Alpha-mannosidosis?

A chorionic villus sampling, or CVS, is a procedure during pregnancy where some of the finger-like pieces, or villi, of the placenta are removed and tested. If there are known genetic changes for Alpha-mannosidosis in the family, genetic testing could be done on these villi to see if the baby has two changes for Alpha-mannosidosis, meaning that they have this condition. Talk to a doctor or a genetic counselor about the possibility of this testing if it is something you are interested in learning more about.


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