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are there prenatal tests for Down Syndrome

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Integrated Prenatal: Screening determines risk of Down Syndrome or other Trisomies, calculated from findings on 1st & , often, 2nd trimester Fetal Ultrasounds, 1st &am ... Read More

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Some skip it: The information is available to you and for your peace of mind. Some don't care to know and avoid it.I find it helpful to most in doing life planning.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: If the outcome is important to you schedule it now. If not, you are accepting the level of information women had in the 1960's.
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A female asked:
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
40 years experience Pediatrics
Not necessarily: The figure 1:182 is used in conjunction with other findings to assess the risk. Your age, your family history, ultrasound findings and many other fa ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
Very: An analysis of the cellular chromosome complement is diagnostic but the clinical appearance is typical.
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Dr. Thomas Riney
36 years experience Pediatrics
Serve no purpose: Your OB is quite capable of deciding if you are at risk, in fact most people who find out the results are positive proceed with the pregnancy, so no r ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Keathley
23 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: The diagnostic test for Down syndrome is a fetal chromosome analysis or karyotype with fetal cells obtained by either chorionic villus sampling or amn ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No but recommended: Because many babies with down's syndrome also have cardiac or other anomalies, it is recommended to screen for those abnormalities in order to be prep ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
30 years experience Pediatrics
Chromosomal studies: If your child displays some or all of the characteristics of down syndrome, your doctor probably will order a test called a chromosomal karyotype. Thi ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
AMNIOCENTESIS: Amniocentesis is a safe procedure under the hands of an expert. Your OB should know when it is necessary.
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