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Maternal Screening First Trimester- Dual/Double Marker, FMF Approved

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  • maternal screening first trimester- dual/double marker, fmf approved
    • free beta hcg
    • pregnancy associated plasma protein - a (papp -a )

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Sample type: BLOOD
Gender: Female
Age group: All age group
A Double Marker Test is mainly given to pregnant women to determine any chromosomal malformation in the foetus. The test includes - Free Beta HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin hormone) and PAPP-A (pregnancy-associated plasma protein). This test plays a critical role in the detection of any kind of neurological conditions such as Down syndrome or Edward’s Syndrome. Chromosomal abnormalities may result in various developmental faults/defects and can lead to various health problems in a child, however such abnormalities are very rare. The test is not definitive but it does report the likelihood of chromosomal abnormalities. Mostly performed during the first trimester of pregnancy and for women with risk factors such as history of insulin-dependent diabetes, previous birth/child with down’s syndrome, family history, etc.

Frequently asked questions

To take the blood sample, a tourniquet (elastic) band is placed tightly on the upper arm. The patient is then asked to make a fist. This helps in the build-up of blood filling the veins and it becomes easy to collect the blood. The skin is cleaned before inserting the needle in the vein in order to prevent bacteria from entering. Needle is inserted into the vein of the arm and the blood sample is collected in the vacutainer.
Down syndrome is a condition where a person has an extra chromosome, this extra genetic material may causes the developmental changes and physical features of Down syndrome.
This test is usually performed in the first trimester of pregnancy.
No, it is not a definitive test but it can be used with other test for a definitive diagnosis.
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