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Can down syndrome in foetus be detected in a NT scan?

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Dr. B. Radhakrishnan. Nair


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Posted on Tue, 28 Mar 2017 in Pregnancy
Question: Hi I am a 8weeks pregnant and my gynaec asked me to go for a double marker test and a NT scan is it necessary to get these tests done?
Answered by Dr. B. Radhakrishnan. Nair 30 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Done to detect down syndrome

Detailed Answer:
I can understand your concern.
These simple blood test and scan is done to detect down syndrome in your fetus .
It can be done from 8weeks to ideally 12 to 14 weeks.
If you do it before 12 weeks and detect any abnormalities,termination will be more safe than doing it after 12 weeks.
Though not compulsory,it is better to do.
Hope my answer helps you.
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