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Old 02-07-2013, 02:11 PM   #25
ingrid5699
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Re: anyone decline the PKU?

I'm sorry but I do NOT get the reasoning for declining this test.

All of the diseases it tests for are fatal or at least cause major disabilities if not caught early. And all are treatable if caught. And all CAN show up as a spontaneous mutation and not only be passed on so the fact that you already have healthy kids doesn't make you 'safe'.

My BIL was one of the first babies saved by this test 39 years ago. He has phenylketonuria which is what gave the test the name. With a special diet he was able to lead a totally normal life-graduated high school, got a master's. Without that test he would have had little brain function left even by the time he started preschool.

But I guess it's your child so do whatever you are comfortable with. Me-I would NOT want to skip this test.
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