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May 1988

Prenatal Diagnosis of Heritable Skin Diseases

Arch Dermatol. 1988;124(5):787-788. doi:10.1001/archderm.1988.01670050119040

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At a recent meeting of pediatric dermatologists in Europe, a topic that elicited the greatest interest and hottest hall-talk was the increasing use and usefulness of fetoscopy and intrauterine skin biopsy for the prenatal diagnosis of heritable skin disease. The new techniques involved in prenatal diagnosis by fetal skin biopsy have, with few exceptions, not made a great impact on public awareness in the United States, but prenatal diagnosis has made itself a public issue in many European countries. It is only a matter of time until physicians will be questioned more aggressively by patients about the techniques used in prenatal diagnosis. This small volume contains a small group of clinically relevant articles presented at two symposia on the biology of the skin, held during 1986, that should be useful to all interested in this subject.

This book is divided into four sections concerned with methods of prenatal diagnosis, genetic

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