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What are alpha-fetoprotein tests in pregnancy for?

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Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology 35 years experience
Screening: There are now four tests (quadruple screening) looking for the risks of down's syndrome, trisomy 18 (lethal for babies) as well as neural tube defects such as spina bifida, meningomyelocele and hydrocephalus.

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What does an elevated alpha fetoprotein in pregnancy mean?

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Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology 35 years experience
Increased tesing: An elevation of the Alpha fetoprotein test should alert your doctor that there may be an increased risk of genetic abnormalities such as down's syndrome in the baby. Pregnant women are offered a more detailed ultrasound test looking for signs of genetic problems & are usually offered an amniocentesis which lets you know the chromosomes of the baby. Down's is also known as trisomy 21.

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