Drug Infonet provides drug and disease information for your healthcare needs. Visit our FAQ page to find answers to common health questions. Look on the Manufacturer Info page to link to pharmaceutical company pages. Click to Health Info and Health News for the latest in healthcare developments.
Drug Infonet brings this free resource to you so that you become a more informed consumer of healthcare.
Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Chromosomes
These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as
recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is
always advised to consult their own physician.
Balanced Translocated chromosomes [posted
Question: I have this condition. I have had 9 pregnancies. I have 3 boys and 1
girl. One of my boys has the balanced translocation, the other two I don't know about. My
daughter has perfectly balanced chromosomes. My translocation is on the 5th and 17th. My
karyotype is 46,xx,t(5;17) (q34;p13.3). When I have become pregnant out of my right ovary,
I have miscarried and when it has been out of my left I have had a normal baby, so do you
think the eggs in my right side are defected in some way? (I know which side the egg came
from because I have had early ultrasounds and the doctor was able to tell). My brother
also has the same karyotype with the balanced Translocation. Are men more likely not to
pass this condition on because of the number of sperm they have? Since my brother and I
both have this condition, one of our parents must have passed it to us and my mother never
miscarried, so I would guess it is my father who has the condition. (My mother had 5
Answer: You need to see a genetic counselor and have your whole family
evaluated. However, the side of the ovary probably has little effect. It could be either
your father or mother, the miscarriage has to do with the viability of the fetus, not a
predictor of the genetic contributor.
Back to Drug InfoNet Home Page.
Back to Doctor FAQ main page.