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How do you know if your baby has a neural tube defect before birth?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: MSAFP and ultrasound

Maternal serum Alpha fetoprotein at 16 weeks and detailed ultrasound at 18-20 weeks should detect fetal open neural tube defects with 96% accuracy.
Closed neural tube defects are more difficult to diagnose but are more innocuous too.

In brief: MSAFP and ultrasound

Maternal serum Alpha fetoprotein at 16 weeks and detailed ultrasound at 18-20 weeks should detect fetal open neural tube defects with 96% accuracy.
Closed neural tube defects are more difficult to diagnose but are more innocuous too.
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