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Abnormal blood test...Down syndrome scare!

Posted by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 5:14 PM
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Yesterday my OB told me that my blood work came back abnormal.  For my age, the chance of having a baby with the Down Syndrome is 1-300, because of my bloodwork, it's 1-200.  The ultrasound seemed good, no tell tale signs like the thickening of the neck or webbing between the fingers. Now my OB wants me to get either amniocentices, or a materna 21 blood test. I AM FREAKING OUT!! Going to see a scecialist tomorrow, to decide what to do.  What I didn't think to ask my OB, is what could cause an abnormal blood test.  I'm really scared right now.  Anyone go through this?

by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 5:14 PM
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ame0608
by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 5:31 PM

I haven't been through that exactly, but in my ultrasound, we did find an EIF which is a soft marker for Downs. The ultrasound tech was very low-key about this, but doctor who interpreted the ultrasound was very hesitant to give us any information, so  I ended up doing a lot of research on my own, and it still seemed like 1-200 is a pretty small number. (I'll find out more next week when I meet with my midwife.)

Even still, I think the specialist might be a better person to talk to than a general OB (or ultrasound doctor). I felt like the doctor at my ultrasound really didn't have any answers to my questions (and I had a ton). I would have much rather talked to someone more familiar with the domino effects of EIF than someone who can simply find one.

I'm not sure where you stand spiritually, but for me, I can stay centered in this mantra: whatever happens with this baby, God doesn't give us anything we can't handle.

Devious103102
by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Please don't freak out. Those are still relatively small odds and those tests do give a lot of false positives. 

WishingAway
by Bronze Member on Jul. 2, 2013 at 5:36 PM

I first want to say that I got an abnormal for trisomy 18 this pregnancy and they had me all freaked out told me that the baby was flagged and could die. When i got to the level 2 US my placenta was just flagged for low hcg. These tests have a high rate of false positives which is the reason for the US. If your US's have been okay so far I wouldn't worry too much. Also I would recommend asking for a level 2 or doing the materna 21 versus doing an amnio first. The amnio could be dangerous. I luckily found out the test was wrong and I hear a lot of people getting false positives on these tests!! 

esox
by Silver Member on Jul. 2, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Would you want to know before the baby was born if he/she were to have downs? Would it change anything in the long run?

lovebugs_mom906
by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 6:09 PM
My doctor doesn't even offer amnio's. If my results came back positive, he would order the blood tests. He says they are more accurate and safer.

Quoting WishingAway:

I first want to say that I got an abnormal for trisomy 18 this pregnancy and they had me all freaked out told me that the baby was flagged and could die. When i got to the level 2 US my placenta was just flagged for low hcg. These tests have a high rate of false positives which is the reason for the US. If your US's have been okay so far I wouldn't worry too much. Also I would recommend asking for a level 2 or doing the materna 21 versus doing an amnio first. The amnio could be dangerous. I luckily found out the test was wrong and I hear a lot of people getting false positives on these tests!! 

NDADanceMom
by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 6:17 PM
My risk is also 1/200. Because of my age its 1/100 but my tests halved it. Either way i have a better chance of a healthy baby than not!
Larsbug
by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 6:24 PM

 your chances are still pretty good that baby won't have downs... would it change anything if baby did?

Alexa03
by Member on Jul. 2, 2013 at 6:51 PM

No, it wouldn't, but it doesn't stop me from being really scared :(

Alexa03
by Member on Jul. 2, 2013 at 6:51 PM

 


Quoting Devious103102:

Please don't freak out. Those are still relatively small odds and those tests do give a lot of false positives. 


 Thank you :)

ColieO
by Gold Member on Jul. 2, 2013 at 6:53 PM
Those tests have a very high false positive rate.
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