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How often is the testing for Down syndrome during pregnancy wrong?

How often is the testing for Down syndrome during pregnancy wrong?

Chromosome analysis : obtained by amniocentesis or Chorionic Villous Sampling is diagnostic for Trisomy 21, other trisomies & monosomies. It is offered if the calculated statistical risk of DS from screening by blood tests & fetal ultrasounds + maternal age at EDD & family history reaches a cut-off point, often 1:270. This calculated risk method has an 80% detection rate & a 5% false-positive rate. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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


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When do they test for Down syndrome during pregnancy?

When do they test for Down syndrome during pregnancy?

Screening for DS, : offered to all pregnant women, is done after 10 weeks' gestational age, usually at 11-13 weeks. Both the 1st trimester comprehensive screen & the 1st & 2nd trimester integrated screen use fetal ultrasounds, blood tests for specific proteins & hormones & maternal age at delivery to calculate risk of DS. (If 36, risk us 1:294; if 37, 1:227). Diagnostic tests are offered if calculated risk is high. ...Read more

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Should someone test for Down syndrome during pregnancy?

Should someone test for Down syndrome during pregnancy?

Screening for Down : Syndrome is offered to all pregnant women in the US, regardless of age. If screening test results + maternal age reveal a high risk for DS, diagnostic tests are offered. Risk for DS becomes significantly higher & increases yearly in women wil be 35 or older at the time of full-term delivery. Though screening for DS is highly recommended, pregnant women can choose not to have it done. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about causes of high risk of Down syndrome during pregnancy?

Can you tell me about causes of high risk of Down syndrome during pregnancy?

Chromosome defect: Ds is one of the more common chromosome(c) defects that can survive pregnancy (many others miscarry). It usually happens when an egg with an extra 21c combines with a normal sperm ; creates a baby with the extra 21c in all tissues.Risks vary with age and are lowest in the early 20's(1/2000), rising to 1/100 at about 40 ; 1/12 at 49.Various prenatal tests can pick up signs early on. ...Read more

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Will cystic fibrosis mutation test detect Down syndrome during pregnancy?

Will cystic fibrosis mutation test detect Down syndrome during pregnancy?

Separate study: If you are having the one study done it is simple enough to arrange for the other study at the same time. They are separate tests and often done at a separate lab. ...Read more

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When during pregnancy can doctors first detect that your baby has down syndrome?

When during pregnancy can doctors first detect that your baby has down syndrome?

Trisomy 21: Down syndrome can be detected 2 different ways during pregnancy. At 11-13 weeks, doctors can do a cvs test and at 16-20 weeks, a doctor can do an amniocentesis. You should speak to your OB if you have any concerns. Be well! ...Read more

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My first baby is down syndrome, what is the test must my wife doing during the first trimester of second pregnancy?

Depends: Your risk of a second ds birth is about 1% plus any age factor risk if the first baby was a 21 trisomy.The most specific tests would be chorionic villus sampling or amniocentesis for chromosomal analysis. Cvs can be done in early pregnancy and amniocentesis around 16 wks.Both procedures have some risk to mom and the baby.There are some less invasive but less definitive tests.Ask ur doc. ...Read more

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Hi doctor , in ultra suond.U/s congenital anomaly detect or down syndrome detect during pregnancy ?

Hi doctor , in ultra suond.U/s congenital anomaly detect or down syndrome detect during pregnancy ?

Ultrasound pregnancy: Modern ultrasound machines can detect most anomalies in the fetus including down syndrome and other chormosomal anomalies and other malformations. ...Read more

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Is it true that high hog levels in early pregnancy is linked to down syndrome?

Is it true that high hog levels in early pregnancy is linked to down syndrome?

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

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Which stage of pregnancy can doctors first detect that your baby has down syndrome?

Down syndrome detect: There has been a new test for down syndrome that promises to have an accurate diagnosis very early in a pregnancy. Amniocentesis is usually done at 12 to 16 weeks of the pregnancy. ...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