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Hcg And Down Syndrome
Could high levels of hCG point to down syndrome? Mine were around 245, 000 at 9.2 weeks. Have had ultrasound and only one baby.
Range for normal HCG: Levels at 9-12 weeks lmp is 25, 700 – 288, 000 miu/ml, so yours is ok. At 11-14 weeks, a skilled ultrasonographer can determine if there is increased fluid under the skin at the base of the fetus' neck, a sign that other screens or diagnostic tests for ds are neeeded. A "quad" test that measures 4 pregnancy hormones screens for increased risk of certain birth defects including ds at 16-18 weeks. ...Read more
Down syndrome is a genetic condition in which there is an extra chromosome present. Symptoms may range from mild to severe. Children with Down syndrome share a common physical appearance including a flattened nose, small ears, a small mouth, upward slanting eyes, and a single crease in the ...Read more
See below: As tests were developed to assess the fetal health it was noted that a fetus with down's syndrome had higher maternal HCG levels that a normal child. This came to be part of the test, along with maternal age and ultrasound examination, to asses the risk of having a down's child. ...Read more
My LMP is 27apr14 and my beta hCG level on 28may14 found 6805.93mIU/mL and on 30may14 is 14798.49mIU/mL. is it normal or doubt of down syndrome?
Normal: Your HCG levels have appropriately doubled. It is a good sign of a healthy pregnancy. If you are concerned about Down's syndrome, please speak with your doctor regarding early blood tests that will help with diagnosing an abnormal pregnancy like integrated screening or verifi prenatal test. Good Luck! ...Read more
Discuss w/ Dr.: How high? What specifics? Discuss these concerns w/ your OBGYN. I've heard that the increased risk is specifically about a small portion of the hCG called the beta subunit. If that is high, they consider it an increased risk for Down Syndrome. It's not so much a concern early in pregnancy - they usually test for this between 15-18 weeks and it's part of the quad-screening test. I hope this helps. ...Read more
My HCG at 5w5d (evening) was 22,000. I am concerned that this indicates down syndrome. Are high HCG levels in early pregnancy an indicator of DS?
Definitely not: this does not mean Downs, nothing suggests Down's at 5 weeks. The 22,000 is pretty normal. Good wishes. ...Read more
Which is a better predictor of Down syndrome during the first trimester screening, low papp-a or high hCG levels? Or the ratio between the two values?
I am 6wks 0days pregnant by lmp. My beta hCG was 75500. Should i be worried about molar pregnancy or down's syndrome? Ultrasound is pending in 2wks
Sonogram: It is not logical to be thinking about either of those diseases based on that bhcg level. ...Read more
Quad Marker Screen: The Quad Marker Screen is done between 15 and 20 weeks of pregnancy in select patients. It looks at levels of AFP, hCG, UE, and Inhibin-A. Low levels of AFP and UE and higher than normal levels of hCG and Inhibin-A COULD indicate that the woman is at higher risk for having a baby with Down's syndrome. It is not even close to 100% accurate (70%-80% at best). ...Read more
Depends on parents: An unaffected mother or father could have a balanced(normal) set of chromasome material where a piece of one 21 chromasome is stuck on another.If the egg or sperm had the normal 21 and an extra 21piece hidden on another chromasome, they could pass it to the baby. It only takes an extra piece of 21 to cause ds.It is important to study ds to verify type, as translocation ds can recur each pregnany. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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