Thoughts on abnormal results for first D.S. blood test.........

Meredith - posted on 02/16/2012 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I am 14 weeks into my second pregnancy and was recently told by my specialist that my first round of D.S. (Down Syndrome) blood work came back "abnormal" and my rating was a 1 out of 21. The ultrasound though, had no signs (neck, nasal bone) of our baby having D.S. I am going back in two weeks to get the second round of blood work done. I am not completely sold on whether I am going to go for the ole' "Needle in the gut" should this test come back abnormal as well. I was told that this is being based on the fact that I am 37 and not much else.



I had my first baby when I was 35 and passed the tests with no problem. Mental illness, etc does not run in my family nor my husband's and my first child was born 100% healthy.



This is the deal: I am SCARED to death that if I opt to get this somewhat invasive test done I might miscarry. There is always that possibility and I have to ask myself...either way we're going to have the baby regardless......Then I think...Wouldn't it be better to know as soon as possible if something is wrong so you can prepare yourself as best as you can? Maybe I am being naive....but how much can one really prepare themselves?



There is also a relatively new test that was just put out last year (incase nobody is familiar with it) called the "MaterniT21" test and supposively it's 100% no risk and non-invasive and out of 219 cases of kids born with D.S. they successfully detected 212 of them.



Here's a link...... http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2011/...



What are your thoughts and/or advice?

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/16/2012

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Ok, this is how I dealt with it. Same for my 2 sisters. Both of them came back with high results, and I opted out of the testing. Ask yourself, if it comes back positive (and we all know it will not be 100% accurate) are you going to abort? If you are not going to abort, I would not take the chance of getting the test done. It doesn't matter one way or another if your baby has DS if you are not planning on terminating the pregnancy, so why take the chance of miscarrying with a risky procedure?



Once again, both of my sisters came back positive with their tests. One sister was about 34 with the first, and 36-37 with her second, the other sister was early 30's. the tests are not always accurate.

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Tam - posted on 02/18/2012

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Excellent advice from everyone here, honestly.



I just wanted to point out, though, that Down's Syndrome isn't a mental illness, it's a chromosomal condition that is not necessarily genetically passed through generations.

Meredith - posted on 02/18/2012

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OK so I came back from my OBGYN appt and spoke with them about my dilema.....They said that I should go through with the second round of tests and see what the results are before I panic about anything further. Even if they do come back abnormal as the first one's did does not mean that my child will be born with D.S. She also said that the likelihood of having a miscarriage from the amnio test is less than 1% especially if you find a doctor that does them alot. She said if you wait until close to your delivery date out of fear that you will miscarry it's alot harder to do due to the fact that the baby is larger and there is less fluid in the placenta surrounding the baby. If you are looking to get the amnio test done, it's best to do right away.



The T21 test is still new and most isurance companies do not cover it if you are doing it as a routine procedue however, if you test "abnormal" (as I did) then that gives you the green light to be able to get it done and it's way less invasive. It's done through a blood test and requires NO needle in the belly.

Sarah - posted on 02/17/2012

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Basically the blood test is done as an indicator so that people can opt to have the amnio or not. The sole purpose is because IF the baby does have one of these, an abortion would be presented as an option. I think if you wouldn't opt for an abortion than what does it matter? We love and accept our children for who they are.



I once read a story, it was quite long, so I'll just paraphrase it. A woman longed her whole life to go to Hawaii. She saved up for the trip. She planned it out. She looked forward to it. When she got on the plane, she dreamed of how wonderful it would be. Unfortunately the plane didn't land in Hawaii, it went to Alaska. She got off the plane. It wasn't what she dreamed of and planned. It wasn't what she thought and expected. But then she looked around. It was majestic and beautiful. It had many adventures available. And she learned she loved Alaska. Just because we end up somewhere we didn't plan doesn't mean the journey wasn't worthwhile.

Jodi - posted on 02/16/2012

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Personally, I stopped at the ultrasound when I had my youngest (I was 35). My ultrasound indicator was one in 1000, so the chances were remote, but my husband and I decided we would have the baby regardless. There are fairly significant risks of miscarriage with the amnio, and I'd already had two miscarriages, so I decided I wasn't prepared to take the risk. Instead, I just decided I'd take it as it comes.



I don't know anything about this other test you mentioned. Sounds interesting. Is it a test that is on the market yet, or is it still waiting for approval?

Elfrieda - posted on 02/16/2012

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Did that sound too cold? I didn't mean it like that. I hope your baby is super healthy, and I agree, the ultrasound seems like it would be more accurate than the blood testing.

Elfrieda - posted on 02/16/2012

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Yeesh. That's why I didn't get the test done. Now you're going to worry the whole pregnancy. If you just NEED to know, maybe it would be better to get the needle in the belly to find out, but if you can deal with some uncertainty (as we all have to, we can't know exactly what our baby will be like) it might be preferable to wait.



I have two Down Syndrome cousins (one on each side of the family) and they are sweet. They each had some health issues, but overall, Downs Syndrome is not something that I personally have much of a horror about. They're still like children even in their 20s, but least they can love and be a valued member of the family. I'm more afraid of autism, the really severe kind, and there's no way to test to prepare for that.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/16/2012

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Right! Now, is it the closer to 21 you are the higher the chance? Or is it the lower the number?? I cannot remember.

Meredith - posted on 02/16/2012

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I am holding onto hope, praying ALOT and weighing in on the fact that when they did the ultrasound he/she looked great.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/16/2012

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I agree, there really is no way to prepare. You will fall in love with your baby the moment you see her/him regardless if DS or not. And no the test is not 100% if they missed 7.

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