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Screening tests during pregnancy: First Trimester Screening (FTS) for Down’s Syndrome

The first trimester screening (FTS) for Down’s Syndrome has a high track record of detecting chromosomal abnormalities in 90% of high-risk pregnancies. This screening test is also commonly known as “OSCAR”, which stands for “One-Stop-Clinic-For-Assessment-of-Risk”. A software is used to identify whether the fetus is at risk of having Down’s Syndrome.

If the result reports a high risk probability, future tests and procedures will be conducted to manage the condition of both mother and baby. However, do note that a normal screening result (screen negative) is not a guarantee that your baby will not have Down’s Syndrome; It merely suggests that it is unlikely for your baby to be born with this condition.

 

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