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Second test for Down’s syndrome is recommended for NHS

BMJ 2016; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i285 (Published 15 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;351:i285
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A second, non-invasive test for Down’s syndrome has been recommended to form part of the fetal anomaly screening programme in England. If the government approves the change it will mean fewer women will need to undergo invasive diagnostic tests, which carry a small associated risk of miscarriage.

The UK National Screening Committee has recommended that non-invasive prenatal testing be offered as an additional test for Down’s syndrome and two other genetic conditions: Edward’s syndrome and Patau’s syndrome. Currently women between 10 and 14 weeks pregnant are offered screening for these genetic abnormalities through a combined test that comprises …

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