prenatal screening


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pre·na·tal screen·ing

screening for the detection of fetal disease, usually by ultrasound examination or by testing amnionic fluid obtained by amniocentesis. Other screening techniques include testing maternal serum and placental biopsy.

prenatal screening

Testing of maternal serum, amniotic fluid, or chorionic villi to evaluate the developing fetus for congenital diseases such as Down syndrome or structural heart defects.
See also: screening
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A study in Lahore concluded that 76.5% of the parents have knowledge about prenatal screening but only 33% of the parents knew that thalassemia trait can be detected before marriage.
The findings add new perspectives regarding how sonographers manage their daily work and regarding the significance of sonographers' communication within prenatal screening.
Further exploring strategies that improve prenatal screening practices in the health care system (e.g., provider education, standing orders, and opt-out testing) is essential for addressing challenges with screening adherence, even in areas with mandated screening laws.
It is possible to include a fifth fluorophore and further lengthen the 3' primer to exponentially improve the throughput, allowing the interrogation of more than 4 chromosomes/regions in a single reaction, which would make NiPS an ideal alternative to MPS-based techniques in prenatal screening of common aneuploidies.
The Canadian Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Infections recommend that prenatal screening be performed in the first trimester, at mid-gestation (i.e., 28-32 weeks) and again at delivery among pregnant women who are at high risk of acquisition of syphilis, or in areas that are experiencing heterosexual syphilis outbreaks.
Non-invasive prenatal testing for aneuploidy and beyond: challenges of responsible innovation in prenatal screening [published online ahead of print March 18,2015].
It is worth noting that there is a non-invasive prenatal screening test (the Harmony test) that analyses cell-free DNA in the maternal blood and will identify 99% of fetuses with trisomy 21, 97% of fetuses with trisomy 18, and 92% of fetuses with trisomy 13.
The high correlation coefficients for both markers indicate that DBS from finger prick can be used reliably in a prenatal screening setting, as a less costly and minimally invasive alternative for venipuncture serum, with great logistical advantages.
Government should work to promote prenatal screening. Centers should be created for diagnosing these disorders during pregnancy, thereby limiting the number of affected infants being born with a rare disease.
Lexington, KY, April 12, 2013 --(PR.com)-- On Thursday, April 4, 2013, the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) released their policy statement on non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS) (http://www.acmg.net/docs/nips-GiM_galley_text_130301.pdf).
Non-invasive prenatal screening during pregnancies is available for parents and it is strongly recommended by experts.