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I want to know what's the neural tube defect test?

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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In brief: 2 tests

To diagnose a neural tube defect the two most useful tests are 1) The mother's blood level of a protein that lines the inner surface of the developing spinal cord in the fetus, called alpha fetoprotein, and 2) a fetal or newborn ultrasound of the spinal canal itself.
Other radiologic tests such as X-Ray films, CT scans, and MRI scans help to get a clearer picture of the neural tube defect

In brief: 2 tests

To diagnose a neural tube defect the two most useful tests are 1) The mother's blood level of a protein that lines the inner surface of the developing spinal cord in the fetus, called alpha fetoprotein, and 2) a fetal or newborn ultrasound of the spinal canal itself.
Other radiologic tests such as X-Ray films, CT scans, and MRI scans help to get a clearer picture of the neural tube defect
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