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Can the new test of the pregnant woman's blood fine Down syndrome DNA from the fetus?

Can the new test of the pregnant woman's blood fine Down syndrome DNA from the fetus?

Fetal DNA analysis: Harmony by Ariosa Diagnostics 99.9% accurate from 10 wk 0d, trisomy 21, 13, 18, results in 7-10 d. "For expectant parents with a financial need, regardless of insurance status, Ariosa offers assistance to those who qualify based on a sliding fee schedule." 1-855-927-4672. For testing from 9w0d, Natera's Panorama also detects microdeletions, but may be twice as expensive. (650) 249-9090. ...Read more

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If im taking a pregnany test at the doctors and pee some of my urine into the toilet then.into the cup will the results screw up?

If im taking a pregnany test at the doctors and pee some of my urine into the toilet then.into the cup will the results screw up?

No prob: You may have been asked to provide a "mid-stream urine specimen" on a previous occasion, when the doctor was making sure you didn't have a bladder infection. This technique washes out the urethra from contamination and gives a more accurate answer. If you're checking for pregnancy, initial-, mid-, or late-stream urine doesn't matter; because the pregnancy hormone HCG is all mixed in there. ...Read more

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4 weeks pregnant, ultrasound done in the ER sac but no baby found, when will my baby be found in the wound?

4 weeks pregnant, ultrasound done in the ER sac but no baby found, when will my baby be found in the wound?

Check at 6 weeks: Can see by US at 5 weeks but I advise looking at 6 weeks. More information at 6 vs. 5 weeks. ...Read more

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Iv infertlity problem and live in uk.the nhs is really slow and they just pass the time in tests and check up giving dates after 3months.wht to do ?

Iv infertlity problem and live in uk.the nhs is really slow and they just pass the time in tests and check up giving dates after 3months.wht to do 

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Your choice: As I understand it, there is a parallel cash health care system in the UK for those who can afford it or travel to another country for a work up is a possibility. Otherwise, you need patience and to work through the system. In this country, the US, not all insurances cover infertility at all and many people must pay out of pocket. Sorry we can't fix our insurance systems. ...Read more

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How will doctors know the endotracheal tube is in the right place in my baby?

How will doctors know the endotracheal tube is in the right place in my baby?

Listening / X-ray: The standard method of verifying tube placement includes listening to breath sides on both sides after placement.After securing the tube in place it is routine to have do an x-ray to verify the position. Occasionally, placing a gas monitor to verify exhaled co2 is used in some situations. ...Read more

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Low intake of iodine through 17 weeks of pregnancy. Can i pick up the pace from now on or is the damage to my baby done? Prenatal vits don't have it.

Low intake of iodine through 17 weeks of pregnancy.  Can i pick up the pace from now on or is the damage to my baby done? Prenatal vits don't have it.

Hmmm?: This is unlikely to be a concern unless you are taking medications that affect iodine metabolism (ie certain anti-arrhythmics). Salt is also iodized, people that eat a regular diet in america are rarely iodine deficient. A truly iodine deficient person will have low thyroid hormone and possibly an enlarged thyroid gland as well. ...Read more

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How far back into a pregnancy cord blood tests will show meth use? We are foster parents waiting for results on the baby and mom of our foster daughte

How far back into a pregnancy cord blood tests will show meth use? We are foster parents waiting for results on the baby and mom of our foster daughte

Not where we look: If I want to verify type or length of drug exposure in a newborn I check their first poop. The poop begins to form about 12 weeks into pregnancy and it remains metabolically inactive after it forms. It can provide data looking back several months,retaining trace amounts of the drugs. Some specialty labs do hair testing which can also yield data. Blood tests record more recent exposure. ...Read more

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If there has been no cocaine use thru the whole 3 trimester. Will the baby show positive on drug test when born?

If there has been no cocaine use thru the whole 3 trimester. Will the baby show positive on drug test when born?

Not likely: It's great that you are not using cocaine anymore. I would advise you to abstain from cocaine use even after the baby is delivered. It would be at the best interests for both of you. See your doctor for a referral to a counselor if you have trouble staying away from it. ...Read more

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If there was cocaine use periodically thru the first 2 trimesters.... but none in the 3... Will the baby show clean of drugs or positive when born?

If there was cocaine use periodically thru the first 2 trimesters.... but none in the 3... Will the baby show clean of drugs or positive when born?

Yes: If there has not been use of cocaine for weeks prior to delivery then the drug screen in the baby's urine or meconium will be negative. However any such drug use in the first 2 semesters when the baby is developing its organs can be devastating to the baby. ...Read more

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"Is Panaromic blood test to find the gender of the baby with just 6.78% of fetal fraction cells accurate in detecting the gender of the baby as boy."?

"Is Panaromic blood test to find the gender of the baby with just 6.78% of fetal fraction cells accurate in detecting the gender of the baby as boy."?

Panoramic: It is told to be 99% accurate. But I have heard of false negatives....purpose is to look for genetic defects. Gender is bonus! ...Read more

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In the 28w scan when they didnt get a clear shot of her spine the report said questionable sacrococcygeal open neural tube defect?

In the 28w scan when they didnt get a clear shot of her spine the report said questionable sacrococcygeal open neural tube defect?

Get another scan: Scan quality varies with the equipment used and the experience of the tech.Some physicians spend most of their work day doing high resolution scans that are the most specific for determining what is going on.I would check with the OB and review the scan.See if a better scan is available or what else they can do to confirm what is going on. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant and the doctor found epithelial cell in my urine is the baby and me at risk

I'm pregnant and the doctor found epithelial cell in my urine is the baby and me at risk

You are fine!: No reason to worry - we see epithelial cells in urinalyses all the time. No risk for your pregnancy unless you develop bacteriuria. Drink plenty of water. ...Read more

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Can i find out DNA results of an alleged father before the babies born? Dna testing

Can i find out DNA results of an alleged father before the babies born? Dna testing

Hello. : Hello. This is actually a good question but it is legal in nature. I recommend that you pose this same question on the legal portion of avvo.Com. It will provide lawyers with an opportunity to provide responses as a public service. ...Read more

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How likely can fluid in his ears cause speech/language delays? My son is almost 3 he failed hearing test in the ped's office (the one they use on newborns) due to fluid in his ears. Is this most likely the cause of his delays? Or can the fluid go away o

How likely can fluid in his ears cause speech/language delays? My son is almost 3 he failed hearing test in the ped's office (the one they use on newborns) due to fluid in his ears.  Is this most likely the cause of his delays?  Or can the fluid go away o

Middle ear effusion: Persistent middle ear effusion is usually result of recurrent ear infections, adenoids enlargement which may certainly interfere with hearing accuracy and expressive language if not treated. Sometimes antihistamines are helpful however I believe you need to see an ENT who can check hearing at depth in your toddler and come up with a teatment plan one of which may include ear tubes ...Read more

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Whats the name of the HIV test that can detect the virus straight after an exposure?I'm in lebanon and i'm going to the aubmc hospital to get the test

Whats the name of the HIV test that can detect the virus straight after an exposure?I'm in lebanon and i'm going to the aubmc hospital to get the test

HIV testing: With a partner of unknown status, HIV testing should be done at 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months after exposure. It takes time to develop the antibodies to show up with the average of around 25 days. If there is exposure to a known HIV positive person, then you need an urgent visit to a physician to start post exposure prophylaxis (pep) medications right away. ...Read more