Tests in pregnancy

Tests in pregnancy

The Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) post updated

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Tests in pregnancy
Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT)

I have updated information on the Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) in the Questions & Answers section of my website. Since I published on this topic there have been lots of positive developments, especially recently: There are more test-provider options and more test-technique options. Genea has started doing NIPTing in Australia using (under license) an Illumina […]

Read More...

Early pregnancy diabetes detection

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Tests in pregnancy
Diabetes Monitoring

New RANZCOG diabetes screening criteria results in detection of diabetic patient in first trimester of pregnancy

Read More...

Nuchal Translucency scan got it wrong

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Tests in pregnancy
Nuchal Translucency Scan

A 29 year old patient in her second pregnancy had a Nuchal Translucency ultrasound scan (NTS) to check whether her baby has Down syndrome (Trisomy 21). The serum test maternal serum screening (PAPP-A and beta HCG levels) was also done to increase the accuracy of the testing. The testing was done when she was 12 week […]

Read More...

Nuchal Translucency scan – consider carefully first

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Tests in pregnancy
Nuchal Translucency Scan

Three patients recently had nuchal translucency scans with serum checking to reassure that baby was at low risk of Down syndrome (Trisomy 21). All had high risk results. One baby has a 1 in 8 risk of Down syndrome, the second 1 in 38 and the third 1 in 138 risk of Down syndrome. All three […]

Read More...

Does taking a Pap smear in pregnancy increase the risk of miscarriage?

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Tests in pregnancy
Cervix os 10 weeks in pregnancy

Sometimes when I see a patient for the first antenatal visit she is overdue due for her Pap smear. She comments her general practitioner doctor was not prepared to take a smear as she is pregnant and was worried taking the smear may cause a miscarriage. While talking a Pap smear will often result in […]

Read More...