Pregnancy Tests

The Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) post updated

The Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) post updated

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...

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Early pregnancy diabetes detection

Early pregnancy diabetes detection

I recently introduced to my obstetric practice the new RANZCOG criteria for screening for diabetes in pregnancy. There is information about this in the Questions & Answers section of my website under the topic 'Diabetes screening in pregnancy'. Recently a...

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Nuchal Translucency scan got it wrong

Nuchal Translucency scan got it wrong

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...

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Nuchal Translucency scan – consider carefully first

Nuchal Translucency scan – consider carefully first

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...

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