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Question about tests

Posted by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 5:34 PM
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My ob is sending me for a test to check for downs syndrome because I am now 36.  They explained that they would do an ultrasound and will measure the baby's neck folds.  Has anyone ever had this test done?  If so were you told the results right away?  I am soooo nervous so anybody with any experience in this matter PLEASE respond!

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by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 5:34 PM
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sparklebug86
by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 5:37 PM

is he having bloodwork done too or just the sono? Im 23 and the dr also checked the neck folds on my baby...its fairly routine. Now if its blood work, its called amnio and you can refuse to have it done. They do if for women typically over 35 because there is a higher risk of having a baby with Downsyndrome but, its not always the case. and yes I was told the results right away however, if a tech is doing your ultrasound, they cant tell you anything. they will let the dr know and he will tell you.

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delaneysmom217
by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 5:39 PM


Quoting delaneysmom217:

My ob is sending me for a test to check for downs syndrome because I am now 36.  They explained that they would do an ultrasound and will measure the baby's neck folds.  Has anyone ever had this test done?  If so were you told the results right away?  I am soooo nervous so anybody with any experience in this matter PLEASE respond!

Yes I think they are also doing bloodwork.  It is just scary b/c it is not my dr doing this test but a specialist.  I just hope I know the results right away so I can stop worrying.  Thank you for responding.

allieC1126
by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Yes, it's completely normal.  I think most doctors offer it to everyone.  They do a blood test combined with an ultrasound that measures the fold in the baby's neck.  that gives them a percentage of likelihood on Down's.  You don't get the results back for 2 weeks in most cases.  I chose not to do it.

 Ultrasound @ 15w 5d... It's a boy!

sparklebug86
by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 5:43 PM

hmm... well like I said you can refuse the amnio....most if not every dr offers it because its their obligation because if something is wrong, you still have the chance to abort...not that you would. Here is some information on the bloodwork if you are interested in knowing more....

http://www.babycenter.com/0_amniocentesis_327.bc

As a side note....those tests are VERY inaccurate. They have a tendency to come back with false positives which is one reason that many refuse the test.

Quoting delaneysmom217:

 

Quoting delaneysmom217:

My ob is sending me for a test to check for downs syndrome because I am now 36.  They explained that they would do an ultrasound and will measure the baby's neck folds.  Has anyone ever had this test done?  If so were you told the results right away?  I am soooo nervous so anybody with any experience in this matter PLEASE respond!

Yes I think they are also doing bloodwork.  It is just scary b/c it is not my dr doing this test but a specialist.  I just hope I know the results right away so I can stop worrying.  Thank you for responding.

 

Ms.day
by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 11:07 PM

I had that blood work done at 18wks.  I think it is routine for every one where I go.  They said if anything was abnormal they would call otherwise they tell you at your next appt.

Marci Day

taowyn
by on Jan. 22, 2009 at 2:31 PM

I was given genetic counseling and decided not to do any tests. I am 35 and it was suggested I do amnio but decided it would not change anything for me.

Krysten309
by on Jan. 22, 2009 at 2:39 PM

um something got confused before...there is a BLOOD test that they can do to see if your baby has even the possibility of Downs. The blood test is your blood, just like any normal sample. An AMNIO is a test of your amniotic fluid...not blood. And can give you a more accurate guess as to whether it's even possible that your baby could have it. The can check on the ultrasound for the neck fold and facial features of a child with downs (kids with downs usually are slow to develop nose cartilage). None of these are 100% accurate...just like every other test.

-krysten
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