Recent advances in obstetrics

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7027.379 (Published 10 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:379

Testing for Down's syndrome carries too much stress

  1. Diana Warnera
  1. General practitioner 43 Nevil Road, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 9EG

    EDITOR,—I would like to highlight some of the points that Philip Steer made about serum screening for Down's syndrome,1 in the light of personal experience.

    My first reaction to the offer of an antenatal appointment to discuss a risk factor of 1 in 165 for Down's syndrome was one of surprise. I thought that this was too low a risk to contemplate amniocentesis. My second reaction was to consider the implications seriously for the first time and to …

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