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Updated: 6:47 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2007 | Posted: 4:31 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2007
By Darieth Chisolm
The test used to be advised only for women over the age of 35.
Local doctors say a new, less invasive test, provides doctors with information sooner and safer.
Mariann Zottola-Delaney didn't want to find out if her baby is a boy or girl, but she did want to know something else.
Zottola-Delaney said, “Every mom that is 35 or older whether she admits it or not is worried about Down syndrome.”
A new test can put that fear to rest earlier than ever before.
Pregnant women can now get a screening that combines blood tests and an ultrasound to detect Down syndrome as soon as their first trimester.
A more invasive test called amniocentesis has been available for some time, but it’s performed much later in the pregnancy.
Dr. Ronald Thomas says the new screening is bringing more and more women to Allegheny General Hospital.
Technologists look for thick skin around the back of the head to show genetic problems.
Zottola-Delaney got good news; there was no sign of Down syndrome in her child.
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