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Test During Pregnancy For Genetic Disorders

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Genetics can influence the color of a baby's eyes and hair, but it can also affect the development of certain birth defects or genetic disorders. That's why women are routinely offered a variety of genetic screening tests in the first and second trimesters of pregnancy to evaluate risk for these potential problems in their unborn baby. Screening tests can determine whether a baby is more or less likely to have certain birth defects or genetic disorders, which may be inherit. Screening results along with other risk factors, such as the woman's age and couple's ethnic background and family history of genetic disorders, are used to calculate odds that fetus might be born with certain genetic disorders, such as Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, Tay - Sachs Disease, or sickle cell anemia. Birth defects affect 1 in 33 babies, about 3 percent of all babies born in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Birth defects can occur at any point during pregnancy, but most of them occur during the first trimester, when the baby's organs are forming, CDC say. Genetic screening is offered to all pregnant women, and it's usually discussed during first prenatal visit, said Dr. Andrea Greiner, maternal and fetal medicine specialist at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. It's optional, but not require. Most women get prenatal genetic testing to know what the risk is before the baby is born, Greiner say. They would rather know information during pregnancy than at birth so they can make plans and decisions ahead of time or gain further knowledge, she explain.

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First Trimester Screening Tests

First Trimester Screening is a combination of fetal ultrasound and maternal blood testing. This screening process can help determine the risk of fetus having certain birth defects. Screening tests may be used alone or with other tests. Ultrasound for fetal nuchal translucency. Nuchal translucency Screening uses ultrasound to examine area at back of the fetal neck for increased fluid or thickening. Ultrasound for fetal nasal bone determination. Nasal bone may not be visualized in some babies with certain chromosome abnormalities, such as Down Syndrome. This screen is performed using ultrasound between 11 and 13 weeks gestation. Maternal Serum tests. These blood tests measure two substances found in the blood of all pregnant women: Pregnancy - associate plasma protein. Protein produced by placenta in early pregnancy. Abnormal levels are associated with increased risk of chromosomal abnormality. Human chorionic gonadotropin. Hormones produced by placenta in early pregnancy. Abnormal levels are associated with increased risk of chromosomal abnormality. When used together as First Trimester Screening tests, nuchal translucency Screening and Maternal blood tests have greater ability to determine if fetus might have birth defect, such as Down Syndrome and Trisomy 18. If results of these First Trimester Screening tests are abnormal, genetic counseling is recommend. Additional testing, such as chorionic villus sampling, amniocentesis, cell - free fetal DNA or other ultrasounds, may be needed for accurate diagnosis.

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Some prenatal diagnostic tests, such as ultrasonography and certain blood tests, are often part of routine prenatal care. Ultrasonography and blood tests are safe and sometimes help determine whether more invasive prenatal genetic tests are needed. Usually, these more invasive tests are done when couples have increased risk of having a baby with genetic abnormality or chromosomal abnormality. However, many doctors offer this type of testing to all pregnant women, and any pregnant woman can request it. These tests have risks, although very small, particularly for the fetus. Couples should discuss risks with their health care practitioner and weigh risks against their need to know. For example, they should think about whether not knowing the results of testing would cause anxiety and whether knowing that an abnormality was not found would be reassuring. They should think about whether they would pursue abortion if an abnormality was find. If they do not, they should consider whether they still want to know of abnormality before birth or whether knowing would only cause distress. For some couples, risks outweigh benefits of knowing whether their baby has chromosomal abnormality, so they choose not to be test. Measuring levels of certain substances in blood can help identify women with increased risk of problems, such as having baby with brain or spinal cord defect, Down Syndrome, other chromosomal abnormalities, or some rarer genetic disorders. These blood tests have no risks to the fetus. They can help determine womans individual risk of having a baby with abnormality more precisely and thus can help couples better assess the benefits of having invasive prenatal genetic testing. Doctors usually offer to do blood tests to measure markers for chromosomal abnormalities as part of routine prenatal care. However, some couples decide not to have any testing. Other couples, such as those with high risk of certain disorders, may skip these blood tests and proceed directly to invasive prenatal genetic testing. If women decide to have chorionic Villus Sampling, doctors usually advise them to have a blood test to measure the level of marker called alpha - fetoprotein. Measuring alpha - fetoprotein level helps doctors determine risk of brain or spinal cord birth defects, such as spina bifida. Chorionic Villus Sampling does not give this information. Alternatively, blood test may be do. For this test, small fragments of the fetus's DNA, which are present in the pregnant woman's blood in tiny amounts, are analyze. This test can accurately determine risk of Down Syndrome and some other chromosomal abnormalities in couples with high risk of having fetus with chromosomal abnormality. Test can be done as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy but can also be done later. Target ultrasonography using high - resolution equipment, can be done at some specialized centers. It provides more detail and may be more accurate than standard ultrasonography, particularly for small birth defects.

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What Is Genetic Testing?

The majority of patients who choose to have prenatal genetic testing do so for a simple reason: knowledge. But what they do next, particularly if test results are concerning, is where professional guidance is crucial in both the long and short term. See ALSO: How Vaccines Protect Moms during Pregnancy and Beyond says Dugan: It can lead you down a very different road when results come back. At Michigan Medicine, patients with abnormal screening results are referred to genetic counselor such as Dugan. These individuals have psychosocial training and are prepared to help parents not only interpret results but also process the emotional part of news. Parents are thrown into situations that are obviously anxiety - provoking, Dugan say. Even when they get abnormal results, some tell us that theyre glad they have that information to plan or prepare. Talk with your prenatal care provider about your screening options or contact the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center at CS Mott Childrens Hospital and Von Voigtlander Womens Hospital at 734 - 763 - 4264.

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During Pregnancy: Prenatal Testing

You can get these prenatal tests several times during pregnancy: Blood pressure check. Your provider checks your blood pressure to make sure you do have preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is when a pregnant woman has high blood pressure and signs that some of her organs, like her kidneys and liver, may not be working properly. Preeclampsia can cause serious problems during pregnancy. Urine test. Your provider checks your urine for infections, like bladder or kidney infection, and other conditions, like preeclampsia. Having protein in your urine may be a sign of preeclampsia. Blood tests. Your provider checks your blood for certain infections, like syphilis, hepatitis B and HIV. She also uses blood test to find out your blood type and Rh factor and to check for anemia. Anemia is when you don't have enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to the rest of your body. Rh factor is a protein that most people have in their red blood cells. If you do have it and your baby does it can cause Rh disease in your baby. Treatment during pregnancy can prevent Rh disease. Your provider also checks your weight at each prenatal care checkup to make sure youre are gaining the right amount.

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After the Baby is Born

Diagnostic tests

TestsWhen they are usually done
Chorionic villus sampling (CVS)10 to 13 weeks
Amniocentesis15 to 20 weeks

Screening tests, include Cell - free Fetal DNA testing, first - trimester Screening and maternal Blood Screening. These tests tell you if your baby is at risk for certain genetic conditions. You can have these tests as part of your Prenatal tests in the first or second trimester of pregnancy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that health care providers offer all pregnant women screening tests for chromosomal conditions, including Down syndrome. Depending on test results, your provider may recommend diagnostic tests to see for sure if your baby has a genetic condition. Diagnostic tests, including amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling. If a screening test shows that your baby may be at risk for condition, your provider give you a diagnostic test, like amnio or CVS, to find out for sure. Your provider also checks your babys blood for certain genetic conditions after is born. Again, after any testing, you and your partner can talk with your provider and genetic counselor about how test results may affect you, your baby and your family.

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Screening tests

TestsWhen they are usually done
First-trimester screening (first part of integrated screening )10 to 13 weeks
Nuchal translucency (usually done as part of the first-trimester screening)11 to 14 weeks
Cell-free fetal DNA (an option for women at higher risk)10 weeks or later
Triple or quad screening (second part of integrated screening)15 to 20 weeks
Ultrasound (pictures of baby's body)18 to 20 weeks
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Screening vs. diagnostic testing

Two main types of prenatal testing are performed during pregnancy. The first type of testing is known as screening. Screening Tests are used to identify women with an increased chance of having baby with certain chromosomal abnormalities. Screening Tests do not identify birth defects such as genetic diseases. Results that reveal chance over certain cutoff level are called positive results, and these women are offered further testing. Screening tests are not diagnostic. And while the majority of fetuses with chromosomal condition are identified through screening, some affected fetuses with chromosomal condition receive normal or negative screening result. The second type of prenatal testing is know as diagnostic testing because these tests can determine definitively if a developing fetus has a certain genetic condition or birth defect. Screening and diagnostic tests may be performed in either the first or second trimester of pregnancy as follow.


Screening Tests

Screening tests can tell you your risk of having a baby with certain disorders. They include carrier screening and prenatal genetic screening tests: carrier screening is done on parents using blood sample or tissue sample swab from inside cheek. These tests are used to find out whether people carry genes for certain inherited disorders. Carrier screening can be done before or during pregnancy. Prenatal genetic screening tests of pregnant woman's blood and findings from ultrasound exams can screen the fetus for aneuploidy; defects of brain and spine called neural tube defects; and some defects of abdomen, heart, and facial features. This FAQ focuses on these tests. They include first - trimester screening, second - trimester screening, combined first - and second - trimester screening, and cell - free DNA testing.

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Two common diagnostic tests

There are two general types of Prenatal Tests for Genetic Disorders: Prenatal Screening Tests: These tests can tell you chances that your fetus has aneuploidy and few additional disorders. Faq165 Prenatal Genetic Screening Tests focuses on these tests. Prenatal diagnostic Tests: These tests can tell you, with as much certainty as possible, whether your fetus actually has aneuploidy or specific inherited disorders for which you request testing. These tests are done on cells from the fetus or placenta obtained through Amniocentesis or chorionic Villus Sampling. This FAQ focuses on these tests. Both screening and diagnostic testing are offered to all pregnant women.


What are Down syndrome tests?

Down syndrome is a disorder that causes intellectual disabilities, distinctive physical features, and various health problems. These may include heart defects, hearing loss, and thyroid disease. Down syndrome is a type of chromosome disorder. Chromosomes are parts of your cells that contain your genes. Genes are parts of DNA that are passed down from your mother and father. They carry information that determines your unique traits, such as height and eye color. People normally have 46 chromosomes, divided into 23 pairs, in each cell. One of each pair of chromosomes comes from your mother, and the other pair comes from your father. In Down syndrome, there is an extra copy of chromosome 21. Extra chromosomes change the way the body and brain develop. Down syndrome, also called trisomy 21, is the most common chromosome disorder in the United States. In two rare forms of Down syndrome, called mosaic trisomy 21 and translocation trisomy 21, extra chromosome doesn't show up in every cell. People with these disorders usually have fewer characteristics and health problems associated with the common form of Down syndrome. Down syndrome screening tests show whether your unborn baby is more likely to have Down syndrome. Other types of tests confirm or rule out diagnosis.

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What is second-trimester screening?

Second Trimester Maternal Serum Screening Analyte Patterns

Increased risk for:hCGuE3AFPInhibin A
Open spina bifidaNormalNormalHighNot applicable
AnencephalyLowLowHighNot applicable
Down syndromeHighLowLowHigh
Edwards syndromeLowLowVariableNot applicable

Second trimester prenatal screening may include several blood tests, called multiple markers. These markers provide information about a woman's risk of having a baby with certain genetic conditions or birth defects. Screening is usually done by taking a sample of the mother's blood between 15 and 20 weeks of pregnancy. Multiple markers include: alpha - fetoprotein Screening. This blood test measures the level of alpha - fetoprotein in mothers blood during pregnancy. Afp is a protein normally produced by the fetal liver and is present in fluid surrounding the fetus, and crosses the placenta into the mother's blood. AFP blood test is also called MSAFP. Abnormal levels of AFP may signal: Open neural Tube defects, such as spina bifida Down Syndrome other chromosomal abnormalities defects in the abdominal wall of fetus Twins. More than one fetus is making protein miscalculated due date, as levels vary throughout pregnancy hCG. Human chorionic gonadotropin hormone. Estriol. Hormones made by placenta. Inhibin. Hormones made by placenta. Abnormal test results of AFP and other markers may mean more testing is needed. Usually, ultrasound is done to confirm dates of pregnancy and to look at fetal spine and other body parts for defects. Amniocentesis may be needed for accurate diagnosis. Multiple marker screening is not diagnostic. This means it is not 100% accurate, and is only a screening test to determine who in the population should be offered more testing for their pregnancy. There can be false - positive resultsindicating problem when the fetus is actually healthy or false negative resultsindicating normal results when the fetus actually does have health problem. When a woman has both first and second trimester Screening Tests ability of tests to detect abnormality is greater than using just one screening independently. Most cases of Down Syndrome can be detected when both first and second trimester screening is used. A test that is usually done in the first trimester may also be used, called Cell - Free DNA. This test can detect some genetic abnormalities not detected by multiple marker test.

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