Maternal blood screening

Maternal blood screening

Maternal blood screening is normally done early in pregnancy to test for a variety of conditions. Abnormal amounts of certain proteins in a pregnant woman's blood raise the probability of fetal defects. Amniocentesis is recommended if such a probability occurs.
Mentioned in: Amniocentesis
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In this issue Michael Legge and Ruth Fitzgerald consider the historical origins of the maternal blood screening tests, the establishment of the analytical parameters currently in use, the development of the nuchal translucency test and the integration of multiple analytical parameters to facilitate the diagnosis of fetal abnormalities.
As expanded genetic analyses or new maternal blood screening techniques, such as fetal cell sorting, become available, what safeguards exist to insure that the ethical and social entailments of these advances will receive appropriate consideration?
As with all biochemical tests there are factors, which will influence the result and the use of the above maternal blood screening tests are no exception.

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