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What other brain disorders can the msafp screening identify?
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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: MSAFP
The msafp is a screen for an open neural tube abnormality in the fetus.
It identifies spina bifida, which can also cause hydrocephalus. It also is a screen for down syndrome and trisomy 18, both of which affect the brain.

In brief: MSAFP
The msafp is a screen for an open neural tube abnormality in the fetus.
It identifies spina bifida, which can also cause hydrocephalus. It also is a screen for down syndrome and trisomy 18, both of which affect the brain.
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Openings in spine
Msafp is specifically designed to find pregnancies at risk for openings in the spine or brain.
These can range from a minor dimple at the base of the spine to a lack of brain tissue called anencephaly. AFP has also been combined with 3 other chemicals in the quad screen to look for increased risk of down's syndrome and 2 other genetic problems that have severe retardation.

In brief: Openings in spine
Msafp is specifically designed to find pregnancies at risk for openings in the spine or brain.
These can range from a minor dimple at the base of the spine to a lack of brain tissue called anencephaly. AFP has also been combined with 3 other chemicals in the quad screen to look for increased risk of down's syndrome and 2 other genetic problems that have severe retardation.
Dr. Sheila Goodman
Dr. Sheila Goodman
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