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If I don't intend to have abortion, why should I let them screen for down syndrome?

If I don't intend to have abortion, why should I let them screen for down syndrome?

For knowledge: Down syndrome screening help parents prepare for the birth and future care of a down syndrome baby. Most initial screening during pregnancy carries no risk to the infant. Many women choose to be screened even if they plan to continue the pregnancy regardless of the result. ...Read more

Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

Down syndrome is the classic presentation clinically of the congenital malformation syndrome also known as Trisomy 21. Classic features may include simian creases, epicanthal folds, upslanting palpebral fissures, flat nasal bridge, hypertelorism, low set ears, endocardial cushion defects of the heart, atlanto-axial joint instability, blood ...Read more


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On the Down syndrome screening test my due date was miscalculated. Does it matter?

On the Down syndrome screening test my due date was miscalculated. Does it matter?

Several test types: There are several types of testing availble, from sonogram, chromosomal testing from chorionic villus or amniocentesis and new blood tests. A small difference in fetal age will not likely invalidate all of the tests. ...Read more

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What do you think about these new non-invasive screening tests for Down syndrome that have been recently introduced to the market?

Serve no purpose: Your OB is quite capable of deciding if you are at risk, in fact most people who find out the results are positive proceed with the pregnancy, so no real point unless you are able to abort your own child, which most people find hard to do. ...Read more

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I forgot to schedule my first prenatal screening for down syndrome, should I be concerned?

Some skip it: The information is available to you and for your peace of mind. Some don't care to know and avoid it.I find it helpful to most in doing life planning. ...Read more

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What to do if i forgot to schedule my first prenatal screening for down syndrome?

Depends: If the outcome is important to you schedule it now. If not, you are accepting the level of information women had in the 1960's. ...Read more

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What to do if I am 30 years old, my AFP screening read 1 out 74 risk for down syndrome. What to do if I am scared!?

What to do if I am 30 years old, my AFP screening read 1 out 74 risk for down syndrome. What to do if I am scared!?

Time for consultatn: You could consult with a geneticist to see what your real risks are before doing anything. An estimated 4% of pregnancies end up with unexpected results, cleft lip, premi, sick, defects and your study adds another 1.5%. A review of both parents family tree may reveal more issues.You may just want answers to keep from unraveling and a chromosome study (amnio) can confirm or exclude it. ...Read more

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I had a prenatal screening for Down syndrome in my fetus and my results was 1:182. Does that mean my baby have ds. Plz help.

No: Prenatal screening for conditions such as Down syndrome are simply estimates of how likely it is (in this case, a 1 in 182 chance). The accuracy depends on which test was used, when it was performed, and as with all tests, there are false positives and false negatives. If you want to have a better idea, you may want to consider amniocentesis or CVS (chorionic villus sampling). ...Read more

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I had an emergency ultrasound because my quad screening was abnormal. mainly for down syndrome. is there a chance my baby will be ok?

I had an emergency ultrasound because my quad screening was abnormal. mainly for down syndrome. is there a chance my baby will be ok?

Yes: Women with quad screen positives will have a chance to carry infant with Down syndrome at risk of 1 in 117. Integrated screening test that identifies 90 percent of Down syndrome pregnancies with only 2 percent false positive rate will identify a group of women to have Down syndrome pregnancy at risk of 1 in 16. ...Read more

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Echogenic cardiac locus is found on 20 week. Maternity21 plus is normal. Is any other test needed? Is screening Down syndrome done in structural US?

All pregnant women: are offered either Ist trimester screening using maternal age, nuchal, or neck, translucency on FUS & blood tests for 2 pregnancy-specific substances or similar 1st & 2nd trimester screening. Cell-free fetal DNA analysis of maternal blood is more specific. Yes a detailed fetal anatomic survey can be done. None of these is diagnostic. Echogenic Intracardiac Focus is seen in ~ 3% of normal fetuses. ...Read more

Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


Dr. Julie Abbott
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Triple Screen (Definition)

Newborn screening tests look for serious developmental, genetic, and metabolic disorders so that important action can be taken during the critical time before symptoms develop. Most of these ...Read more