Pregnancy worries

Hello, i am 12 week pregnant. I have already gone for nuchal translucency NT scan. My reports are normal. But doctor has asked me to do triple marker test. Is this test is necessary during pregnancy? Because my reports are normal. I guess, this is the test which is done after confirmation of abnormality in sonography. Please guide me.

Pregnancy worries
Obstetrics & Gynae

Answer ( 1 )

  1. Hello,
    Thanks for the query, This test is important to rule out any aneuploidy in the foetus especially trisomy 13, 18 and 21( done syndrome), which cannot be detected during early ultrasound . Also NT scan is a soft tissue marker for down syndrome , but triple screen test measures the risk. So it should be done ideally in women who have history of congenital anomalies in family or whose age is more than 35 years of age or also followed as a protocol in most institutes under safe practices. It is ideally done between 13-15 weeks of gestation.