Prenatal screening and diagnosis of handicaps: Current state of the art

Thomas James Zirpoli, Patricia Mulhearn Blasco

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Current medical procedures used in prenatal screening and diagnosis of handicapping conditions are reviewed. These strategies include ultrasound, amniocentesis, chorionic villus biopsy, restriction enzyme analysis, maternal serum analysis, fetoscopy, and fetal serum analysis. Along with an explanation of each method, advantages, disadvantages, and risks involved with each are provided. An understanding of these procedures by medical and educational personnel is encouraged, and the potential benefits of prenatal identification of handicapping conditions are emphasized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-77
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Multihandicapped Person
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1988


  • diagnostic procedures
  • prenatal diagnosis
  • prenatal screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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