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    "Ultrascreen" test? caution..sensitive topics in here.

    Has anyone heard of the ultrascreen test? it apparently has higher stats for showing your likelihood of down's syndrome or trisomy 18. The doc says it is optional but if we want to do it, need to do by 13 weeks. I know there are all sorts of moral issues about it. Apparently the regular blood test shows 70% predictability of having these two abnormalities. This ultrascreen shows like 90%. so my questions are is it worth it? i don't think insurance covers it. If you do get a positive, doesn't necessarily mean your baby will have it. also the test doesn't screen for all the other chromosomal abnormalities. also don't know that if i even got a positive, if that would mean anything for me. also i am having twins. so if one has it, and the other doesn't, then what? i think my gut is telling me to pass on this test. any experience/viewpoints out there? thanks!


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    I am not sure if we are talking about the same test, but here is the link that explains the u/s done between 11-13 weeks to test for down's.
    I hope it helps.

    http://www.obgynsono.com/nt.html

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    Is it the quad screen test? Or the nuchal translucency test? I wouldn't do the test, the blood test, that is. You are pregnant with multiples and I would guess you took infertility meds to get them. So the results won't be accurate. I got a false positive for Downs with my second pregnancy when I did the quad screen. I ended up doing an amnio for peace of mind and my baby was fine. I would avoid this test. Only an amnio, cvs or a good ultrasound is accurate. Not bloodwork.


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    I don't know much about the bloodtest that accompanies the u/s (nuchal trans.), but my understanding from my peri. is that it is much more accurate than the u/s alone and much more accurate than the afp/quad screen. I wasn't able to get it done because there's not a single doctor certified to interpret in my entire state. I would take the test, as an extra piece of info including the afp at 16 weeks to decide if I needed an amnio or not. If you're over 35, insurance should cover it (mine covered u/s and visit to peri at 13 weeks, just to find out he could not do the "complete" assessment-- no bloodwork).

    Good luck!
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    There are a number of tests that can be given during that period. The thing to remember with *all* of them is that they are screening tests, not diagnostic tests. The only way to actually diagnosis genetic abnormalities is through a CVS or amnio. All of these other tests are supposed to give you an idea of whether or not you are a prime candidcate for an amnio. All of them have a significant false positive rate.

    The big question on whether to take them are not is whether or not you would do an amnio if your test results came back positive. If you would not do an amnio, I would not do the test, as you could completely stress yourself out over nothing the remainder of your pgcy. If you would have an amnio, then the test can be reassuring, as good results of that plus a good level II u/s at 18-20 weeks should be pretty definative and you would not need the invasiveness of the amnio.

    Just FYI, I really don't see any moral issues with these test. Many, many women go through them (and amnios) with no intentions of termninating pgcies even if the they tested positive for downs. There can be tremendous benefit to knowing in advance if your child has downs (though not all couples choose to find out in advance), as there may be complications at birth that would require specialists, and even if not that, many couples prefer to to prepare in other ways too to welcome the child and his or her special needs into their lives. These tests just provide information, they don't suggest one way or another what a couple would choose to do with that info.
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    We opted out of this test. It wasn't offered when I was pg with my 1st ds, but we did do the AFP offered at 18-20 wks with him. We got a false positive for Down's. We went through 3 weeks of absolute hell. Termination was never an option for us, but we wanted to have the best dr's ready for his birth if he had had Down's. Our amnio showed no problems. After we were done, we heard so much more about how unreliable these tests are. I refused all of these tests with this baby.

    I know this is a tough decision to make & not everyone has the experience that we had. For some, this is reassuring. Good luck with your choice either way!

    Lori

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    The decision to have any of these tests really should be made upon how you feel. I got a high risk in the quad screening for downs a few weeks ago. Went for a consultation with a high risk doctor and a possible amnio but chose to decline the amnio for fear I would lose the baby. I wish I never got this test especially hearing from a ton of people how they had gotten a false positive. Unfortunately my test was done a little late so I don't know how reliable it is to begin with. If it is accurate than we have a 1% chance. We made the decision that we wouldn't terminate but again whats right for us may not be right for you. I do have to say I flipped a little bit for a week or so and next time will not have this test done. You should talk it over with DH and decide what you guys would do if you found out something is wrong and make the decision from that. Good luck I know it's hard but I also believe this is the beginning of many choices and decisions we all will have to face being parents!!!!!!! Welcome to motherhood
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