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Is it necessary to do prenatal screening tests?

Is it necessary to do prenatal screening tests?

Maybe not: Prenatal testing is usually for the parents, peace of mind and intervention. There are a growing number of conditions that intervention can improve outcomes. More often parents are challenged with the ? Do i continue this preg? If you understand the risks and you know you would not terminate the preg, no matter what, you do not have to test. ...Read more

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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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


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Is it safe to get tests and screenings while pregnant?

Is it safe to get tests and screenings while pregnant?

Yes: Blood tests and ultrasounds are the standard screening tests in pregnancy. There are no risks to the mother or baby from either of these types of tests. ...Read more

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Why is it necessary to do a mammogram?

Why is it necessary to do a mammogram?

Mammogram: It is not necessary to get a mammogram. A mammogram is a screening test for breast cancer and considered preventive medicine. 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer, including those with strong family history of (maternal side) breast cancer. Since finding breast cancer in the early stages increases the cure rate, it is to a woman's advantage to get screened. ...Read more

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Why is it important to do cvs or amniocentesis?

Why is it important to do cvs or amniocentesis?

Personal decision: Both tests are 100% accurate in determining whether or not the baby has chromosomal problems like down's syndrome. Women over 40 have a 1 in 20 risk of this. Some people would terminate the pregnancy if they knew the baby had a chromosomal problem. The cvs gives you info earlier than the amnio but has a higher miscarriage rate. ...Read more

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After an exercise stress test when they say that further evaluation is needed, what does it mean? Do I need further tests? Is it necessary?

After an exercise stress test when they say that further evaluation is needed, what does it mean? Do I need further tests? Is it necessary?

Yes: if abnormal TT, u may need to do tests to r/o CAD, chf, Cardiomyoathy or arrhythmias. u may need a nuclear tt, 2-D echo with TT or Coronary Angiogram to r/o CAD. 2-D echo to r/o CM and a 24 hr Holter Monitor to r/o arrhythmia. ...Read more

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What happens during a skin cancer screening? Do they take biopsy tests?

What happens during a skin cancer screening? Do they take biopsy tests?

Exam +/- biopsy: First, your doctor will examine your skin primarily by looking at it. If any suspicious lesions are noted, he may recommend biopsy or treatment with liquid nitrogen. This is done in the office, and is not a big ordeal. ...Read more

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Why is it necessary to get so many ultrasounds in pregnancy/

Why is it necessary to get so many ultrasounds in pregnancy/

It isn't: In an uncomplicated pregnancy, repeated ultrasounds aren't necessary. A 1st trimester sonogram is best for confirming the due date and number of fetuses while fetal anatomy is best assessed in the mid to late 2nd trimester. Additional sonograms may be recommended if complications such as hypertension, diabetes, or pre-eclampsia arise, but for the uncomplicated, low risk patient, 2 should suffice. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to do an amnio?

No: It is a personal decision. Some patients want to know with 100% certainty whether or not the baby has a chromosomal problem and would terminate a pregnancy if it had such a problem. Some patients do not want to risk losing a normal pregnancy because of the amnio and would not terminate the pregnancy. ...Read more

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What do m.D.'s want to hear/know in order to establish that a non-fda test is needed.3 years and continue to neglect preventative care.Low immune ect?

What do m.D.'s want to hear/know in order to establish that a non-fda test is needed.3 years and continue to neglect preventative care.Low immune ect?

Ask and explain: I'm not sure why you are having trouble finding a doctor to order this test. Realize that if the test is not fda-approved your insurance will probably not cover it but as long as you are willing to pay for the test i see no good reason why a caring doctor would not order it as long as there is science to support the validity of the test. If your doc won't order it find a doc willing to do so! ...Read more

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What can you do to detect trisomy with prenatal testing?

What can you do to detect trisomy with prenatal testing?

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 more

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If one is breastfeeding and can not undergo a colonoscopy, what would be the best (and easiest) test to undergo to rule out symptomatic colon cancer.

If one is breastfeeding and can not undergo a colonoscopy, what would be the best (and easiest) test to undergo to rule out symptomatic colon cancer.

Pump?: If the concerns for colon cancer are so great as to warrant an intervention such as a colonoscopy, perhaps you could use formula or pre-pumped breast milk during the period of time you are unable to breast feed. ...Read more

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How important is it to have regular blood tests?

How important is it to have regular blood tests?

Depends: If you are healthy and on no medication and no real family history of anything serious or genetic, a fasting glucose and cholesterol panel should be done about three to five years at your age and blood pressure check once a year. Most insurances now, by law, are required to allow you to get a physical and blood work yearly. ...Read more

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Is prenatal testing safe? I need to know out if two men who the dad is

Is prenatal testing safe? I need to know out if two men who the dad is

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

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If a woman pregnancy exam went positive in the first try, is she pregnant? And is it necessary to take a blood test exam in order to confirm it ?

If a woman pregnancy exam went positive in the first try, is she pregnant? And is it necessary to take a blood test exam in order to confirm it ?

Blood test not : Needed. A positive urine pregnancy test is generally reliable. If you have any other signs/symptoms of pregnancy, there is no need for blood test. However, you should seek antenatal care for the sake of your and your baby's health. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/pregnancy-am-i-pregnant. ...Read more

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Do parents have a responsibility to undergo prenatal tests?

You decide: Prenatal testing varies in its scope. Some simply verifies the health of the pregnant lady or the chance need for some nutritional support. When looking for fetal problems, many parents would want to know if they should deliver in a facility with advanced services to handle a problem kid. Some would want to prepare emotionally for a child with defects or have the opportunity to end the pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to have a confirmatory test if found positive in g6pd newborn screening?

Is it necessary to have a confirmatory test if  found positive in g6pd newborn screening?

Usually not...: If a baby is found to have g6pd deficiency on newborn screening, it usually means that the infant actually has it. The test can be falsely negative in certain circumstances, but a positive test is usually accurate. That being said, different states use different tests. I would 1st talk with your pediatrician about this, then they may refer you to hematologist to get guidance on living with g6pd. ...Read more

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It is possible that a pap smear be done with STD testing automatically or do you need to consent to STD tests specifically?

It is possible that a pap smear be done with STD testing automatically or do you need to consent to STD tests specifically?

Two separate things: A pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. Getting tested for stds involves sending separate tests. Doctors and patients often link these items together though so it is best to specifically ask what tests are being done and clarify what tests you would like or do not want. ...Read more

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How should you decide which colorectal cancer screening test(s) to get and how often to be screened?

How should you decide which colorectal cancer screening test(s) to get and how often to be screened?

Colonoscopy: Average risk people should have colonoscopies every 10 years starting at 50 until 70-75. This may be tempered by medical resources or a persons medical history. ...Read more

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Is it absolutely necessary for a Father to do a blood check up when the women is 09 weeks pregnant?

Is it absolutely necessary for a Father to do a blood check up when the women is 09 weeks pregnant?

Be healthy parents: Since we want parents to be healthy and live long, such as until their kids get into college, both parents need their routine check-ups and routine blood tests. For example, we wouldn't want either parent to have unknown high cholesterol and die of a heart attack at age 44. There is no special blood test for a man when his wife is pregnant, unless he is screening for a genetic disorder, etc... ...Read more

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My wife has elevated ca 19-19 marker reading during routine health screening blood test. What do we do next to confirm if there is cancer or otherwise?

My wife has elevated ca 19-19 marker reading during routine health screening blood test. What do we do next to confirm if there is cancer or otherwise?

Is it CA19.9?: We usually do not recommend any tumor markers in routine blood test because they are neither sensitive nor specific. CA19-9 is frequently elevated in pancreatic cancer, cholangiocarcinoma, bile duct cancers, and etc. It can also be elevated in some benign conditions such as cholangitis or gallstones. Depending on its level, a CT scan and see GI doctor will be helpful. Did she have any symptoms? ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Roberts
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Prenatal Screening (Definition)

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


Dr. Richard Roberts
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Prenatal Testing (Definition)

Prenatal testing refers to any tests done during a pregnancy to diagnose a ...Read more