Triple Screening Test

The triple screen test is a simple blood test that measures not only AFP, but hCG and estriol as well. These are all hormones produced by the fetus and passed into the motherís bloodstream. The test is performed between the 15th and 18th weeks.

This test is more accurate then an AFP test and screens for additional genetic problems,. Generally speaking, any combination of the testing will identify 60% of babies with Down Syndrome and 80-90% of babies with neural tube defects.

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