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Im very worried because I got sone lab results about birth defects and they came out abnormal, does this mean my baby will have sone kind of deformity?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
23 doctors agree

In brief: Screen vs diagnose

There's a big difference between screening and diagnostic tests.
Screening tests on the pregnant woman's blood, eg, evaluate for increased risk for certain birth defects. Tests such as cvs or amniocentesis confirm some diagnoses based on studies of chromosomes. Any woman receiving results from tests should get more information--ask the ordering doctor to explain them or refer to an expert who can.

In brief: Screen vs diagnose

There's a big difference between screening and diagnostic tests.
Screening tests on the pregnant woman's blood, eg, evaluate for increased risk for certain birth defects. Tests such as cvs or amniocentesis confirm some diagnoses based on studies of chromosomes. Any woman receiving results from tests should get more information--ask the ordering doctor to explain them or refer to an expert who can.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Get U/S and help

Get a detailed prenatal sonogram and genetic counseling to decipher those results.
High-risk for birth defects is very far from certaintly for birth defects. A maternal-fetal medicine specialist should usually be able to reassure you after a normal sonogram.

In brief: Get U/S and help

Get a detailed prenatal sonogram and genetic counseling to decipher those results.
High-risk for birth defects is very far from certaintly for birth defects. A maternal-fetal medicine specialist should usually be able to reassure you after a normal sonogram.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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David Miller
Family Medicine
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In brief: Screening

Screening tests, by design, have a high rate of false positive results.
This causes some anxiety but is important to keep from missing the true positives in the process. With any screening result, you must first discuss the result with your doctor to find out the actual result. More information is needed. See you doc right away.

In brief: Screening

Screening tests, by design, have a high rate of false positive results.
This causes some anxiety but is important to keep from missing the true positives in the process. With any screening result, you must first discuss the result with your doctor to find out the actual result. More information is needed. See you doc right away.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See your doctor soon

You need the facts and someone who knows to give them to you.
Please see you doctor as soon as possible and go over these results. Not all bad news is bad. You may need further testing and evaluation. Keep a positive attitude about this and try not to worry. You may need to see a tertiary care obstetrician and you may need to see a geneticist. Seek more information.

In brief: See your doctor soon

You need the facts and someone who knows to give them to you.
Please see you doctor as soon as possible and go over these results. Not all bad news is bad. You may need further testing and evaluation. Keep a positive attitude about this and try not to worry. You may need to see a tertiary care obstetrician and you may need to see a geneticist. Seek more information.
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