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Blood Test For Spina Bifida During Pregnancy
MSAFP.: The maternal serum Alpha feto protein (msafp) test is a blood test that can be given to the mother during her pregnancy. If the levels are increased, it should be followed up by two tests - an ultrasound of the fetal spine and amniocentesis of the mother's amniotic fluid (to test for alpha-fetoprotein and acetylcholinesterase). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Screening/ Diagnosis: Screening tests take general populations (pregnant ) and selects sub groups that have a higher risk of a problem. The AFP test looks for a material that can show up in the blood & suggest a higher risk of a spina bifida. If the test shows a higher risk, a selective test, like high resolution ultrasound can be done to look for the spina bifida. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Yes..Blood tests can pick up pregnancy very early..Sometimes as early as 7-10 days from conception. Important to remember that most women don't know exactly when conception actually occurred. Also, blood and urine tests only tell you of pregnancy..A single test does not assure a normal pregnancy or even normal location (could be ectopic - out of uterus). ...Read more
6 wk pregnant.brownish blood one night before.now heavy bleeding with clots.positive pregnancy test in morning,negative bladder infection.miscarraige?
Possible misscarrage: you should see a Dr. They will draw blood and possibly do an ultrasound to determine if you are pregnant or not. ...Read more
Amniotic fluid may : be used for chromosome analysis when screening reveals high risk for Down Syndrome & other trisomies, Chromosomal Microarray to look for smaller genetic mutations &/or Alpha-fetoprotein level when fetal ultrasounds indicate a neural tube defect. 3rd-trimester amnios are done to test fetal lung maturity &, occasionally, to withdraw excess amniotic fluid. ...Read more
Are hormone levels adequately high enough to get accurate results from a pregnancy test during breakthrough bleeding in early pregnancy?
Units not right : But probably normal. Check with your doc ...Read more
Would the levels of bhcg in ectopic pregnancy be enough to be detected on a home pregnancy test 6 days before a missed period?
I had a normal first trimester screening and harmony prenatal test. Is an AFP blood test necessary? Can it come back high risk?
The msAFP is: To assess the risk of open neural tube defects i.e. Spina bifida, which is not tested by harmony or the first trimester screen. It is up to you if you would like to be screened for ntds. Keep in mind that, if detected, these defects can be repaired by a skilled pediatric neurosurgeon while the baby is still inside you. Speak to your obgyn and make an informed decision. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can hCG be found in a woman's system if she is not pregnant ?
Blood test had low levels of hcg, urine test was negative.
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