Prenatal Genetic Testing

Prenatal Genetic Testing



well before they're born parents to be worried and wonder if their child will be healthy that's why prenatal appointments like this one at the end of my first trimester are so important all right about 157 that's great as word of mouth spreads more patients at the perinatal center of Oklahoma are requesting the cell-free DNA test done as early as nine or ten weeks it looks at small amounts of actual fetal DNA in moms blood collection for me it's a non-invasive screening test that can detect certain genetic disorders in certain high-risk populations the for companies aggressively fighting for their slice in the game panorama maternity 21 harmony and verify all of them boasting the ability to detect certain genetic disorders like Down syndrome with extremely high accuracy and the added bonus of some tests you find out the baby's gender early the new test offers the advantage in this high-risk group of having the highest detection rate with the lowest false positive and that's what people are excited about just the skull sauce by dr. Charles Bromley says right now the tests are just recommended to high-risk patients women 35 and older or when other tests or ultrasounds show cause for concern is looking I'm the baby's burning but with more studies underway the tests could become standard for all pregnant women as early as next year it very very well may happen and that raises some issues dr. Bob Lee warns the tests carry a higher false positive rate in pregnancies that aren't high-risk and some doctors might not know how to properly interpret the results leaving patients with more questions and uncertainty some argue the tests will encourage more abortions of babies with Down syndrome it's still very important that people undergo genetic counseling preferably pretest genetic counseling where they can understand what all the different testing alternatives are what the test means the new tests don't replace amniocentesis or CVS which carry a risk of miscarriage but they do offer new options to parents to be and the chance to learn earlier than ever before about their babies health so they have the opportunity to make decisions about their pregnancy but also to be prepared

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