Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Baby Test That Set My Mind at Rest

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Baby Test That Set My Mind at Rest

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Byline: LOUISE MANSON

A new, non-invasive test for Down's Syndrome has just been launched.

Louise Manson tried it out`

AT 38, delighted to be pregnant for the first time, I was shocked to be told, following a nuchal-fold scan at my local NHS hospital, that one of the twins I was carrying had a high risk of Down's Syndrome. I was offered counselling. I was also told that if I had a conclusive test, such as an amniocentesis, there would be a risk of losing both twins, since there is a one per cent chance of miscarriage with an amniocentesis.

But a new test, the nasalbone scan, which can be carried out during an ultrasound scan between the 11th and 14th weeks of pregnancy, can now predict more accurately which babies have the syndrome, as 75 per cent of babies with Down's do not have a nasal bone at this stage of pregnancy.

The new test, which is only available privately, was pioneered by Professor Kypros Nicolaides, who is director of the Harris Birthright Research Centre for Fetal Medicine at King's College Hospital. …

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