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How Often Do I Need To Go In For Prenatal Testing
Depends on risk: Prenatal care involves regular OB visits, but prenatal testing ranges from general screening (level i ultrasound, triple/quad/integrated screen, amniocentesis chromosomes) to gene tests when a prior child was affected--usually at 10-18 weeks . Realize that triple/quad/integrated screen looking for down syndrome markers is inaccurate, sometimes leading to amnio and termination. Caveat emptor. ...Read more
Prenatal screening is the group of procedures used in pregnancy to look for diseases and genetic mutations in the fetus (baby inside Mom). Screening is usually done as early as practical in the pregnancy. Methods include testing the pregnant woman's blood, scanning the fetus with ultrasound, sampling the amniotic fluid ...Read more
First do This: Before you do that go to this web page: http://www.Babymed.Com/conception-calculator. Play around with the dates to see if you can narrow it down to a five day window of possibility. ...Read more
Fetal DNA: Testing for free fetal DNA is available for detection of trisomies either from 9 weeks 0 days or 10 weeks 0 days, the latter being much less expensive. The results are available in 7 to10days with 99.99% accuracy. Both ACMG and FACOG recommend confirmation of an abnormal result with either amniocentesis or CVS. other non-invasive tests include fetal ultrasonography and prenatal screening. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: There are now hundreds of recessive diseases for which prenatal testing is available, and more are being added all the time, but there are thousands of recessive diseases, most of them quite rare. ...Read more
Minority of cases: Performing tests may find potential problems which might benefit from interventions or early delivery. Pregnancies requiring or benefitting from cesarian delivery i.e. Placenta previa or breech presntations. Can begin planning for chidren with special needs & identify support groups and resources. Some parents to be can not face the future with child with major deformities requiring fulltime care. ...Read more
CVS or amniocentesis: Trisomies can be detected with chorionic villi sampling (cvs) or amniocentesis. Cvs is performed between 10-13 weeks, and involves removing a small sample of the placenta usually using a small tube, or catheter that is inserted through the cervix. Amniocentesis is performed between 15-20 weeks gestation and is a procedure where amniotic fluid is removed from around the fetus using a needle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prevention: If a parent is known to carry the huntington's mutation, there is a 50% chance they will pass this to their offspring. If undergoing ivf, the embryos can be testing for the gene, so that only unaffected embryos will be implanted. If already pregnant, chorionic villus sampling or amniocentesis can test for the gene, and affected pregnancies have the option of termination. ...Read more
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