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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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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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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What is the best test that my wife can do it to detect down syndrome? My wife now is pregnant with first trimester

What is the best test that my wife can do it to detect down syndrome? My wife now is pregnant with first trimester

Tests for Downs: There are several tests that are used to detect downs syndrome. There is a new blood test being introduced that purports to diagnose downs syndrome early in the pregnancy. Other tests include ultrasound of the fetus looking for nuchal folds or hert abnormalities characteristic. The statndard test is amniocentesis., which is done between 12 and 16 weeks. ...Read more

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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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What are the typical prenatal tests to check for down syndrome? What week of pregnancy do they typically test for this?

Integrated Prenatal: Screening determines risk of Down Syndrome or other Trisomies, calculated from findings on 1st & , often, 2nd trimester Fetal Ultrasounds, 1st & 2nd trimester specific maternal blood tests + gestational & maternal age, so parents can decide if they want a diagnostic test for analysis of fetal chromosomes. See http://www.womenandinfants.org/pdc/integrated-screening-test for specific markers. ...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?

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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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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5 months pregnant. On amniotic fluid sample test, "fetal karyotype was found to be 47, ##, +21 indicating down syndrome.". Should i go for abortion?

5 months pregnant. On amniotic fluid sample test, "fetal karyotype was found to be 47, ##, +21 indicating down syndrome.". Should i go for  abortion?

Personal decision: Yes, your child has down's syndrome. I have no idea how those children are treated in india. However, they are the most loving, kind people i care for. They have the capacity for love and joy unlike any of my other patients. Will the child require extra care and have different needs - absolutely. Only you can decide if you have the capacity to provide this and continue the pregnancy. ...Read more

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16 weeks pregnant, Down syndrome screening test positive, 1/150 chance that baby might have abnormality. Will do amnio. Please explain what results mea?

High Risk for Downs: The screening test result means that you have a 1 in 150 chance that your fetus has down syndrome. While this is considered a positive screen, the chance is still less than 1%. Rather than an amino, you might consider a blood test like the maternit-21, which can be done from your blood and is greater than 99% accurate. Discuss this option with your ob. ...Read more

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If a person has Down syndrome and gets pregnant, what is the chance of a non-down child?

If a person has Down syndrome and gets pregnant, what is the chance of a non-down child?

It depends: Women with down syndrome can get pregnant, and often their pregnancies are complicated. If the down syndrome in the mother is caused by one extra chromosome 21, then the risk that she will conceive a child with trisomy 21 is about 50%. However, some down syndrome women may have a translocation - with the extra chromosome 21 attached to another chromosome. Then the risks might be higher, even 100%. ...Read more

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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