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Parental attitudes: antenatal diagnosis of cystic fibrosis
  1. J C Polnay1,
  2. A Davidge1,
  3. Chin Lyn U2,
  4. A R Smyth1
  1. 1Children and Young Persons CF Unit, Nottingham City Hospital, Nottingham, UK
  2. 2Division of Psychiatry, School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr J C Polnay, Associate Specialist in Paediatrics, Children and Young Persons CF Unit, Nottingham City Hospital, Hucknall Road, Nottingham NG5 1PB, UK;


In order to understand attitudes to antenatal diagnosis of cystic fibrosis (CF), we interviewed parents from 19 families, who already had one child with CF. Nine women had chorion villus sampling in a subsequent pregnancy and 6/19 said they would consider termination of pregnancy if the result confirmed CF. These results differ from the results of antenatal screening studies of previously unaffected families, where most couples opt for termination.

  • cystic fibrosis
  • antenatal diagnosis
  • CF, cystic fibrosis
  • CVS, chorion villus sampling
  • IVF, in vitro fertilisation
  • TOP, termination of pregnancy
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