Long-term psychological effects of carrier testing and prenatal diagnosis of haemophilia: Comparison with a control group

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The long-term psychological effects resulting from carrier testing and prenatal diagnosis (PD) of haemophilia were evaluated by comparing mental symptomatology scores (Symptom Check List, SCL-90) for 50 carriers of haemophilia who had undergone PD about five years earlier, 55 carriers who had not undergone PD and 262 control women who were not carriers. All of the women had children. Carrier testing for haemophilia per se and in combination with PD does not appear to have negative long-term psychological effects. A low tendency for somatization seems to be a factor characteristic of carriers considering PD for haemophilia and it was particularly salient when carriers had to consider the more invasive late PD procedures (amniocentesis and fetal blood sampling). Women who performed late PD appeared to represent a positive selection of carriers for whom a good sense of coherence and social support protected them from negative long-term psychological effects. It is reassuring that early PD by CVS, which is the current method of choice for PD for haemophilia, did not appear to have negative long-term psychological effects, even for women who had had an early abortion following PD.


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Externa organisationer
  • Skåne University Hospital

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Reproduktionsmedicin och gynekologi


Sidor (från-till)411-417
Antal sidor7
TidskriftPrenatal Diagnosis
Utgåva nummer5
StatusPublished - 1999 nov 25
Peer review utfördJa