Prenatal Testing for Serious Congenital or Chromosome Disorders
What's the Real Risk of Miscarriage After an Amniocentesis?
An amniocentesis can be an important and informative prenatal test that can diagnose numerous conditions in the unborn baby, but many women fear the test because of the small increase in risk of miscarriage or pregnancy loss that can occur after the test.
Amniocentesis - Opinions on Amniocentesis
Amniocentesis tends to inspire passionate disagreements, especially over the tests reported risk of causing a miscarriage and disagreements over the morality of terminating babies with Down syndrome. What's your stance? Share and read other opinions here.
Triple Screen Test - Deciding to Have a Triple or Quad Screen…
Doctors usually offer all moms the opportunity to have a blood screening test done in the second trimester of pregnancy to assess the risk for various congenital disorders in the baby, but sometimes expecting parents struggle with the decision. How did you decide?
Amniocentesis: Necessary Information or Unnecessary Risk?
Many people are concerned about the small risk that having an amniocentesis could cause an unwanted miscarriage -- sometimes to the point that people are outright opposed to anyone having amniocentesis testing. So what are the pros and cons of amniocentesis testing and how can you decide whether to have one?
Triple or Quadruple Screen Blood Test
The triple or quad screening blood test is a prenatal test conducted during the second trimester of pregnancy. Results of the test can indicate which pregnancies have a higher risk that the baby has a variety of different congenital disorders.
How Reliable Are CVS Results?
Most of the time, results of the CVS (chorionic villus sampling) prenatal test are fairly reliable for detecting or ruling out chromosome disorders in a baby, but sometimes the results can be unclear and require further followup.
How Reliable Are Amniocentesis Results for Diagnosing Chromosome Disorders?
For most suspected congenital and chromosome disorders, amniocentesis is the most accurate and reliable prenatal test available.
CVS (Chorionic Villus Sampling)
Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) is a prenatal test that can detect serious chromosome disorders or genetic problems in the developing baby. It can be used in the later part of the first-trimester, more than a month before amniocentesis, but may carry a higher risk of causing a miscarriage.
Diagnosing Chromosome Disorders with Amniocentesis
Amniocentesis is an invasive prenatal test that doctors use during the second or third trimester of pregnancy to gather information about the developing baby's health. The amniocentesis can diagnose serious chromosome disorders with better than 99% accuracy.