It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Down Syndrome Message Board

Couple of questions

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-04-2006, 07:08 AM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 112
joojoobee1967 HB Userjoojoobee1967 HB User
Couple of questions

My sister who is 28 just had the triple screen done at 15 weeks 2 days and it's a bit off indicating a small chance for Downs. She had her big U/S and there was nothing abnormal found on the U/S. Dr still wanted her to have amnio so now we wait.

Can you all tell me what are the chances at her age and isn't it a good sign that the u/s didn't show anything?


Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 05-04-2006, 07:43 AM   #2
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: upstate NY
Posts: 84
Jaber HB User
Re: Couple of questions

Hi Joojoobee,

Please read the other threads here, so many people have so many different stories to tell, and the bottom line seems to show that the statistical chances, ultrasounds, and extra prenatal testing, (even amnios!) show that there isn't a 100% fool proof method that shows exactly what the child will have or not have Down syndrome. Triple Screen tests, in particular, are not very accurate, as mine was a false negative. Tell your sister not to let the Dr. sway her to make any decision except her own, as many Drs. tend to push for the amnio automatically. It's always good to do research and inform yourself about Down syndrome if you're worried. It'll calm the nerves.

Everyone on here that do have children w/ DS (such as myself) can't say more wonderful things about our children and how much joy they've brought to our lives. Whatever may happen with your sister, tell her to keep her head up and not worry, but rather stay hopeful. And Good luck!

Last edited by Jaber; 05-04-2006 at 07:51 AM.

Old 05-04-2006, 08:02 AM   #3
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2006
Location: so. california
Posts: 29
momtofour HB User
Re: Couple of questions

Good news.. there are 15 physical markers on an ultrasound that indicate downs. And unlike what most people would say.. age isn't that big of a factor - In our group we had about half over 35 and half of us under (including a 17 year old). If your sister didn't have anything show up on the ultrasound that looks promising. However, I know many parents who had totally clean ultrasounds and still had a baby with downs. My daughter only had one sign, a calicification in her left ventricle - something that 5 % of all normal children have, but is still a soft sign of downs. My doctor told me not to worry and supported our decision not to have an amnio. (If I was going to have a child with downs, I would rather wait until I was holding her to deal with it - personal decision and I've seen it work both ways!! - my husband wished he had prepared more - but I liked it the way it happened) On the other hand, I've known many whose ultrasound looked suspisious and it turned out perfectly fine. Either way, it's a hard wait! If your sister is really worried, she can locate a local down's sydrome group and talk to a new parent mentor. The possiblility of having a child with down's can be scary and overwhelming - but I can't imagine mine any different. She is such a blessing and everyday I thank God for all my children.

Old 05-04-2006, 01:24 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 112
joojoobee1967 HB Userjoojoobee1967 HB User
Re: Couple of questions

Thank you both for your replies. We are very hopeful that the Amnio will come back normal. This is their first baby (it's a boy) and they are very excited.

They were told that a normal u/s really doesn't mean much that's why they went ahead and did the u/s.

Old 05-19-2006, 01:35 PM   #5
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 1
bulldogsmom HB User
Smile Re: Couple of questions

Hi, I just wanted to say that 17 1/2 years ago when my son was born, they gave me an ultrasound and didn't detect Down Syndrome either. To answer your age question, I was 21 years old when I had my son. I will however tell you that he was the greatest thing that could have ever happened to me. He makes everyday a new and exciting day. Although his teenage years are a little challenging (just like any other teen), he is involved in many school activities and has many fans.
I wish your sister the best and don't let the doctor sway her decision.

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
A Couple of Basic Questions about Nutrition InvinciBill Diet & Nutrition 9 05-06-2010 08:07 AM
A few Questions mm9 General Health 5 04-27-2010 06:32 AM
Couple questions..... Confused089 Addiction & Recovery 13 07-21-2008 01:12 PM
New poster with a couple basic questions... SoloHiker Diabetes 10 11-15-2006 06:54 AM
A couple of questions.... newlywed091705 Cancer: Colon 16 10-03-2006 05:00 PM
Update and a couple questions angelblue65 Family & Friends of the Mentally Ill 2 04-25-2005 11:48 PM
couple questions about cervical dysphlasia Jeanster Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 0 04-12-2004 04:57 PM
Just a couple of questions dayton Fibromyalgia 9 11-09-2003 04:59 PM
hey guys, a couple questions mustangbuff03 Exercise & Fitness 13 07-09-2003 08:10 AM
got a couple of questions, freeagent Exercise & Fitness 1 08-15-2001 11:28 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:27 AM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!