The Double Or Triple Test & AFP Test (Alpha-Feto-Protein)

Published: 10th February 2010
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Type of test: Screening



When is it done? 15-18 weeks



What conditions is it looking for?



- Down's syndrome

- Spina bifida

- Anencephafy

- Turner's syndrome

- Edward's syndrome

- and some other rare conditions



How is it done? By taking a small quantity of blood from your arm.



Although these tests used only to be available privately, many health authorities now provide them free of charge; some offer them to all pregnant women and some only to women over 30 or 35 who are at increased risk of having a Down's syndrome baby. If you are under 30 and want to have a test, ask, and you will almost certainly be able to have it.



The Triple Test looks at three different markers in the mother's blood to assess what the risk of her baby having Down's syndrome is; the Double Test looks at two different markers.



How long before the results come through? 48 hours



If the result is abnormal, what next? You could choose:



- to do nothing

- to have a 'high resolution' ultrasound scan to check the baby's spine if your baby is thought to be at risk of spina bifida

- to have an amniocentesis.





AFP Test (Alpha-Feto-Protein)



Type of test: Screening



When is it done? 15-18 weeks



What conditions Is It looking for?



- Spina bifida

- Down's syndrome

- Turner's syndrome



How is it done? By taking a small quantity of blood from your arm.



How long before the results come through? About 10 days (often women are only told if the result is abnormal).



If the result is abnormal, what next? You could choose:



- to do nothing

- to have a 'high resolution' ultrasound scan to check the baby's spine if your baby is thought to be at risk of spina bifida

- to have an amniocentesis.



Shirley M. Duran is a mother of two and an author of a variety of related lifestyle issues and topics with which has helped hundreds of mothers become pregnant. If you have any pregnancy questions for which you need answers, it is recommended to visit: http://mypregnancyquestions.info/ .



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