A member asked:

Does a high hcg at 8 weeks indicate an increased chance of down syndrome or is it only at 2nd trimester it would be high? i am about 8 weeks with 248,000 hcg?

2 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. John Berryman answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Ask your OB physician for guidance, as there are specific tests used to detect presence of Down's syndrome (ultrasound, genetic studies).

Answered Aug 30, 2023


Dr. Tinuola Adeyanju answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

HCG level does not give the genetic code of the baby. Diagnosis of Down may be by genetic examination of the amniotic fluid or advanced technique imaging of the baby.

Answered Aug 31, 2023



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