Quad and combined screening can offer valuable information regarding the pregnancy, but women must understand that the false positive rate will be higher as age increases compared to women less than 35 years old. These tests do have the advantage of being widely covered by health insurance companies and are thus available to the majority of pregnant women.
It is important to remember that the NIPT/cffDNA is a form of antenatal serum screening. Although it does not replace the quad or combined screening, NIPT/cffDNA does perform better at detecting Down syndrome, Trisomy 18 and 13 when compared to traditional antenatal serum screening.
The combination of maternal blood testing, obtaining a family history and fetal ultrasound is considered antenatal screening, or screening that is done during pregnancy.
“I hadn’t had a cold in years, but when I was pregnant, I got a terrible one that lasted two weeks,” says Shannon M. Clark, M.D., an OB/GYN at UTMB Health in Galveston, Texas. “Growing a human inside of you takes a lot of your body’s energy, so it’s harder for you to kick a cold.”
As a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist, I care for women with high-risk pregnancies. Many times, they have pre-existing medical conditions that make them high-risk; other times they develop a complication during pregnancy that warrants the care of a high-risk...