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When did alpha fetoprotein testing start?

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Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology 36 years experience
1980's: The Alpha fetoprotein test was around when i was a resident physician. The test has progressed through the y ears such that there are four levels measured in the pregnant woman's blood looking for the risk of down's syndrome (trisomy 21), trisomy 18 & neural tube defects like spina bifida. This is called the quadruple screen best measured between 16 & weeks of pregnancy.
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