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is there any way to know risk of down syndrome?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
44 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Yes: Prenatal testing and ultrasound.
Answered on Nov 1, 2012
Dr. Danae Steele
31 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: Your risk for having a baby with Down syndrome increases with your age. If your risk is high, you can have either an amniocentesis, or a new blood test which can diagnose Down syndrome with a high degree of accuracy.
Answered on Sep 10, 2019
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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Genetic evaluation: Ds 0ccurance in the general population is lowest in the early 20's @1/2000 births & increases gradually as you age to as high as 1/12 if 49.If you have specific concerns about this or other issues in the family tree, a formal consultation with a genetic counselor could explore your individual risks. They are often affiliated with children's hospitals or medical schools.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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