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New Test Could Determine Your Baby's Risk of Autism - Would you have your placenta tissue tested if this went mainstream?

Posted by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM
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New Test Could Determine Your Baby's Risk of Autism

by Jeanne Sager Thursday at 2:35 PM

autismAnother piece of the autism puzzle may be falling into place. Researchers at Yale think they've stumbled on a marker in the placenta that could diagnose the spectrum disorder earlier than ever before. And by early, they mean when a baby is first born.

Imagine, no more waiting until you notice something is off and then waiting for a diagnosis! It all sounds too good to be true.

Maybe. Then again, maybe not.

The lead doctor on the study says we don't yet have enough information for what he called a "definitive" autism test at birth. But when researchers looked at the placenta tissue from 117 children born to families who already had a child with autism and compared them to placentas from 100 babies born into families in which no older children had autism, they found what are being described as "abnormal structures" were much more common in the high risk group. 

If doctors can start examining placenta tissue and find those markers, that means they could get parents autism diagnoses earlier than the typical 3 or 4 years old. Even more importantly, that means parents could get their kids intervention services earlier.

It's those services, after all, that tend to make the biggest difference for kids on the spectrum. After all, there is no cure for autism, but therapies and assistive technologies help improve the quality of life for a kid on the spectrum. The earlier they start, the more effective those therapies can be, and the better quality of life you provide a child.

If these doctors can turn this into a test done in maternity wards across the nation (or heck, the world), they could change countless lives.

 

Would you have your placenta tissue tested if this went mainstream?

by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM
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Heather2001
by Heather on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Since it's non-invasive and if insurance covered it, yes.  I mean, it wouldn't change how I felt about my child, but I'd be more vigilant about early intervention if they did, in fact, have autism.  I would never see it as a 100% definitive diagnosis in itself, though.

Pandapanda
by Cafe Panda on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:51 AM

No, probably not. 

bonniemommy100
by Bronze Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:53 AM

No only because it wouldn't change my mind i would love that baby autism or not

amy31308
by Ashlee on Apr. 29, 2013 at 12:23 PM
This.

I don't do all the testing during pregnancy because I wouldn't abort no matter what. Since this would be done after birth and is noninvasive I wouldn't see a problem with it because then I'd know to watch for certain things and be better prepared.


Quoting Heather2001:

Since it's non-invasive and if insurance covered it, yes.  I mean, it wouldn't change how I felt about my child, but I'd be more vigilant about early intervention if they did, in fact, have autism.  I would never see it as a 100% definitive diagnosis in itself, though.

LuvNmyGrl
by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Of course I would. It wouldn't change anything except that my child would be getting early intervention which I know first hs d is do important, rather than waiting 3-4 years to start with it. My best friends son has autism and she had to fight for care for him since he was 2 and finally got set ices when he was almost 4. He's borderline so drs couldn't decide if intervention would help and since he's gotten the services he's learning so much and is able to spend some if his day in a mainstream class. It's amazing what they do.
MMerrill
by Melissa on Apr. 29, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Agreed!

Quoting amy31308:

This.

I don't do all the testing during pregnancy because I wouldn't abort no matter what. Since this would be done after birth and is noninvasive I wouldn't see a problem with it because then I'd know to watch for certain things and be better prepared.


Quoting Heather2001:

Since it's non-invasive and if insurance covered it, yes.  I mean, it wouldn't change how I felt about my child, but I'd be more vigilant about early intervention if they did, in fact, have autism.  I would never see it as a 100% definitive diagnosis in itself, though.


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Raeann11
by Platinum Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 8:16 PM
Nope
bebe_ju-rah
by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 8:19 PM
Absolutely! Why not?? If I could start helping my baby earlier? Of course I would!
midnightstar21
by Bronze Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Nope.

GoddessNDaRuff
by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 8:30 PM
Sure why not? Test for that right long with the standard tests.
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