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Old 01-05-2006, 11:56 AM   #1
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Triple screen test

Anyone have this done?

I felt secure that my baby was ok and almost decided not to do an amnio, but it was advised I do the triple screen test, where they take your blood and combine it with the mothers age and then give you the odd's of having a baby with downs. well I was told it was 1-42 and they recommended an amnio. At 14 weeks and 6 days the doctor did a sono and did measured the back of the neck etc.. and he said it looked fine so far. but reading on this board, they don't pick up the markers usually until 20 weeks?

I read on another board that out of a 100 women only 5-7 will have abnormal results and 1-2 will have a baby with DS. From reading that, the odds don't really look in my favour.

I am a but concerned now. How much should I put into these prelimery tests?

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Old 01-05-2006, 12:15 PM   #2
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Re: Triple screen test

I personally didn't put too much thought into it. My baby's nuchal fold is measuring thick, and my husband and I refused the amnio (which by the way they picked up at 15 weeks). There are other markers for down syndrome that they can look for in an u/s, the nuchal fold being one of them and one of the only ones they tell you about. All the other markers in my u/s are neg. for down syndrome. Also, a friend of my fathers was pregnant about 2 years ago and she had the amnio due to her age, and everything came back positive for downs. Her and her husband decided that abortion was right for them as they "couldn't handle a child with downs", so my father and step mother talked with them and had everything in writing that if the baby was born with complications, they would adopt her. In the end, she was born PERFECT 10's on both agpars, the sweetest little thing you will ever see. I've heard too many stories where tests come back positive and wind up wrong.

Old 01-05-2006, 12:19 PM   #3
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Re: Triple screen test

There are a lot of false positives ( I should know--I had one and it scared the life out of me). So chances are you are okay. BUT if you are the type of person that absolutely wants to know beforehand if your baby has downs or the other chromosome abnormalities you might want to do the amnio.

My blood results put me at a 2 in 3 chance of my baby having Trisomy 18! yikes! It is much more rare for someone to get a result like this than a result showing possible Downs. Only 0.2% of women who take the test get a result like mine.

You're probably okay but if you are like me you might want the reassurance that an amnio provides (over 99% accurate in showing chromosomal abnormalities).

Hang in there. No one wants to hear news of a bad screen test!

Old 01-05-2006, 02:30 PM   #4
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Re: Triple screen test

my sil risk was 1 in 23 she had the cvs (like an amnio) and was given the all clear her little girl was born safely and healthy yesterday. i know she definately wanted the cvs the results put her mind at rest but she was not completely relaxed until yesterday and my niece is gorgeous (proud aunty)
if the same had happened to me i would have needed to know if my child was ok or not. although i know everyone is different do what you feel is best for you noone else, best of luck that all goes well

Old 01-09-2006, 10:47 PM   #5
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Re: Triple screen test

Let me start, Sorry to be off subject. No disrespect. I am unbelievibly happy to find pregnant women with ms.
I was just diagnosed in the end of November 2005. Positive lumbar puncture,and mri's,only one episode. I am 28 years old. I've been seeing a neurologist since the beginning and have just had an apt. with my specialist. The neurologist did not really give me info on pregnancy. The specialist is encouraging me to get pregnant now! My husband and I both want another , I also have a 3and a half year old. Other wise he said 2 or 3 years more to wait. I do not really want to wait, But I am concerned with my health. I am really afraid of whats to come. I am strong and believe I will be ok but I am still very concerned with pregnancy.
Please if you have any kind of things you can share with me I would be greatful.
Do you think it is ok to get pregnant now?
I have not started any kind of drug program
are problems more common?
Thank you sooooooooooooo much

Old 01-10-2006, 09:21 AM   #6
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Re: Triple screen test


in order for people to reply to your questions on ms maybe you should start a new thread on the pg page as i don't think you will get as much a wide audience in this thread and it would be a shame not to get as many responses as you might otherwise get. i just thought this advice mioght help you get as much support as possible

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