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Pilot schemes to screen for fragile X syndrome to be considered

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 11 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:581
  1. Iles Andrew
  1. BMJ

    Screening for the fragile X syndrome could be added to current antenatal programmes, as a result of a literature review and modelling conducted by researchers from Birmingham, United Kingdom.

    The research team, led by Dr. Fujian Song, of Birmingham University's department of public health and epidemiology, brought together contrasting conclusions and recommendations of two previous reviews commissioned by the UK Health Technology Assessment unit. The first review had proposed screening all pregnant women, whereas the other had recommended a screening programme targeted at the family members of previously identified carriers (known as “active cascade screening”). The researchers suggest trials of both schemes.

    The researchers evaluated …

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