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Dutch doctors call for all pregnant women to be screened for Down's

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 02 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:872
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Dutch researchers are calling for all pregnant women to be offered screening for Down's syndrome in the first trimester on the basis of ultrasound measurement of nuchal translucency and maternal serum markers in addition to maternal age.

    Currently, the only legal screening programme in the Netherlands for Down's syndrome is based on maternal age. All women aged over 36 years are offered prenatal diagnostic testing by amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling, but only 45% accept. Most babies with Down's syndrome, however, are born to younger women.

    In the United Kingdom most screening for Down's syndrome …

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