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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
47 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
NTD: The "best" test is an amniotic fluid AFP concentration. That picks up about 90% of open neural tube defects. However, an ultrasound examination also p ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
47 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Neural tube defects: The primary test is the maternal serum fetal protein. If that is abnormal, an ultrasound examination and perhaps an amniocentesis.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
26 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Ultrasound, MSAFP.: Prenatal ultrasound should have >90% sensitivity for open neural tube defect detection around 20 weeks. Earlier (>16 weeks) risk stratification can oc ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brad Goldenberg
36 years experience Pediatrics
2 tests: To diagnose a neural tube defect the two most useful tests are 1) The mother's blood level of a protein that lines the inner surface of the developing ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eugene Mahmoud
41 years experience Neonatology
Neural tube defect: Neural tube defects are birth defects of the brain, spine, or spinal cord. They happen in the first month of pregnancy, often before a woman even know ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. MARK LONG
Dr. MARK LONG answered
26 years experience Pediatrics
8x greater risk: It has been shown that having a child with a neural tube defect increases the chance of having a second child with a similar defect. The recurrence r ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Additional screening: A positive initial screening test should be followed by a more involved and dependable test looking for this possibility.A diagnostic high resolution ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maya Haasz
15 years experience Pediatrics
NT defect: This depends on the cause of the defect, but overall, your risk for a second child with a neural defect increases after you have a child with a defect ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
56 years experience Clinical Genetics
It varies: If parents have had one child with a neural tube defect their risk of having another child with a defect is about 3 %. If they have had two children ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Osman Farooq
20 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Possibly: It depends on multiple factors. There are different degrees of neural tube defects. Some people can have a mild defect and other may have a severe d ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Troy Reyna
44 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Depends: If the dimple is deep and not skin covered at the deepest level than spina bidida or other defects may be present. Imaging studies such as ultrasound ... Read More

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