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Can a newborn be born with leukeamia?
« on: 11/12/2012 19:05:09 »
A baby died at 3 months of age with acute leukaemia, but the doctor said the baby was born with it.  Could that be the case?
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Can a newborn be born with leukeamia?
« Reply #1 on: 11/12/2012 19:05:09 »
We answered this question on the show...

 Mark D. -   Yes, so what we now know is that many of the infantile leukaemias actually had their origins in utero. 
So, when we go and have a look at whenever any baby is born - and you would’ve seen this with your own kids - you have a heel ***** test and this is taken away to be tested for a number of common genetic diseases.  When you go back and have a look at these samples [from a leukaemia patient], for instance these chromosomal translocations, these abnormal fusion genes that drive leukaemia, are they present when the baby is actually born?  In a number of cases, the answer is yes.  So, this abnormal genetic event is not inherited, but for some reason, happens while the baby is in utero.
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