Canterbury DHB


DNA Diagnosis of Haemophilia A & B

The use of genotypic diagnosis of haemophilia A and B, in conjunction with conventional assays, is now a routine part of the modern management of haemophilia. Accurate carrier detection and prenatal diagnosis are essential elements in any genetic diagnostic and counselling service.

All individuals with haemophilia and their families should have access to specialised genetic services. Genetic counselling should be available before, during, and after genetic analysis for all potentially affected individuals and those at risk of being carriers.

Patients and families should be advised to make initial enquiries via their local Haemophilia Centre followed by referral to a specialist haematologist at Auckland, Wellington, or Christchurch Centres, or direct referral to the Genetics Services. Patients can self-refer to the Genetics Services. It is important that genetic testing is only undertaken in a centre where there is ready access to genetic counselling services. Close collaboration between the genetics services and the Haemophilia centre is encouraged.

Refer to National Haemophilia Guidelines for full details of the Genetics Services.

About this Canterbury DHB document (5288):

Document Owner:

Mark Smith (see Who's Who)

Issue Date:

August 2016

Next Review:

August 2019


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Topic Code: 5288