Screening for tuberous sclerosis

West London GP Dr Mandy Baum gave birth earlier this month to the first child born following embryo screening for tuberous sclerosis.

Dr Baum's second son Joe (pictured) was diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis when he was 18 months old. The genetic condition causes tuber-like growths in the brain and means Joe suffers from epilepsy and autism. Before having a third child, Twickenham GP Dr Baum wanted to be sure it would not be born with the condition. Doctors at the Vrije University hospital in Belgium successfully carried out an IVF embryo screening to check for the genetic mutation that causes tuberous sclerosis, and earlier this month she gave birth to a healthy third son.

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