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Should someone test for down syndrome during pregnancy?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 50 years experience
Screening for Down : Syndrome is offered to all pregnant women in the US, regardless of age. If screening test results + maternal age reveal a high risk for DS, diagnostic tests are offered. Risk for DS becomes significantly higher & increases yearly beginning when women wil be 35 at the time of full-term delivery. Though screening for DS is highly recommended, pregnant women can choose not to have it done.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Personal issue: It is an established part of prenatal care today.These infants can have significant medical complications starting at birth, knowing allows for proper case management.You can chose to opt out of screening for personal reasons, but expect to sign a waver if you do.What someone does with the information is really a personal issue.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

When do they test for Down syndrome during pregnancy?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 50 years experience
Screening for DS, : offered to all pregnant women, is done after 10 weeks' gestational age, usually at 11-13 weeks. Both the 1st trimester comprehensive screen & the 1st & 2nd trimester integrated screen use fetal ultrasounds, blood tests for specific proteins & hormones & maternal age at delivery to calculate risk of DS. (If 36, risk us 1:294; if 37, 1:227). Diagnostic tests are offered if calculated risk is high.

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