San Antonio, TX
A 25-year-old female asked:
Can sonograms detect down syndrome and other defects the baby can have ?
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surgery 57 years experience
Yes: Sonogram of heart- called echocardiogram will, detect most cardiac anomalies associated with down's syndrome.
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Pediatrics 47 years experience
Many are missed.: The best sonographers miss fetuses affected with Down syndrome. Only half will have a cardiac defect. The OK sonographers miss about 50%. Now, the best and most accurate screening test is not a fetal ultrasound, it is a blood analysis of fetal DNA in your bloodstream, done as early as 9 weeks0 days by one lab., 10w0d by 3 others, all 99.99% accurate. Confirmation by CVS or amnio recommended.
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Last updated Apr 16, 2016
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