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Reproductive behavior of individuals with increased risk of having a child with retinoblastoma.
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PMID:  21954974     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
To investigate reproductive behavior of individuals at increased risk of having a child with retinoblastoma (Rb), we conducted a cross-sectional questionnaire survey among 118 counselees visiting the clinical genetics department of the National Rb Center in the Netherlands. The recurrence risk for counselees ranged from < 1% to 50%. The response rate was 69%. Of 43 respondents considering having children after becoming aware of their increased risk, Rb influenced reproductive behavior for 25 (58%), of whom 14 had a recurrence risk < 3%. Twenty of these 25 decided against having more children and 5 used prenatal diagnosis. Eighteen of the 43 respondents did not use any of the alternative reproductive options and had children (or more children), although half indicated having had doubts about their decisions. Multiple logistic regression showed that only perceived risk (p = 0.003) was significantly associated with Rb influencing reproductive behavior. Of 17 respondents planning children (or more children), 11 (65%) considered using one of the alternative reproductive options. We conclude that reproductive behavior is greatly influenced by Rb and that perceived risk, not objective risk, is the most important factor of influence. It is important to offer individuals at increased risk continued access to genetic counseling, even when this risk is relatively small.
Charlotte J Dommering; Mirjam M Garvelink; Annette C Moll; Jennifer van Dijk; Saskia M Imhof; Hanne Meijers-Heijboer; Lidewij Henneman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-9-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical genetics     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1399-0004     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-9-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0253664     Medline TA:  Clin Genet     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2011 John Wiley & Sons A/S.
Department of Clinical Genetics, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Department of Ophthalmology, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Department of Medical Psychology, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Department of Ophthalmology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands Department of Public and Occupational Health, EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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