Screening for and Diagnosing Chromosomal Abnormalities
The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are usually given to people who do not have current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain health problems.
There are many tests that look for chromosomal abnormalities. There is no cure, but the tests can help people make future health decisions. It can also help them prepare for the care the baby will need. Testing may be:
Maternal Blood Screening
The pregnant person's blood will be sampled at 15 to 18 weeks of pregnancy. It will be tested for substances that can point to a chromosomal problem in the baby. It does not mean that there is a problem. It only suggests that there is a higher risk.
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- Kari Kassir, MD
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