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#1 of 9 Old 02-08-2008, 08:10 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I can't find any posts about this but maybe I'm just not looking right. We had our first trimester screening (ultrasound combined with blood test) this past monday feb 4th and I got the call back today that my results came back "high risk". They said I had a 1 out of 160 chance that my baby could have down syndrome. I'm more on the optimistic side thinking that I have a 159 out of 160 chance that my baby will NOT have down syndrome. Anyway, I wanted to know if any of you had similar results?? How are you feeling about it?? Any advice at all?? My doctor called me back because I called her for answers of course and she said she sees test results like this all the time but has never delivered a baby with down syndrome in the whole 4 years that she's been practicing in California, and she delivers in my areas high risk baby hospital. I also know this test has a good amount of false positives, the perinatologist said 5% but my OB said 15-35%. Either way, down syndrome or not, we would not terminate the pregnancy so invasive testing (amniocentesis) to find out for sure is not an option for us. But I just want some guidance or reassuring words from anybody else who might be experiencing this or experienced it in other pregnancies! Thanks!!
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No experience, but I just wanted to comment and say ((((hugs)))) I hope you can find someone who has btdt and can encourage you.
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Hey, I just did the nuchal translucency test & bloodwork yesterday and came back with a 1:70 Down syndrome risk. Realistically, this means a less than 2% chance, so I'm trying to be optimistic. Last time, I was told there was a 1:60 chance of one of the twins having Down syndrome and they're both fine. I went into the test hoping to be reassured, and I certainly wasn't reassured, but I'm trying to stay positive. We're not doing the CVS or amnio either but will do the level II ultrasound at 18 to 20 weeks. I don't know if we'll do the quad/integrated screen or not.

Anyway, I know how you feel. Just try to remember that your actual risk remains incredibly low!

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my brother was told his son would have down syndrome and then he didn't. Then he was told he was deaf and he wasn't. Those tests are wrong all the time

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This was my exact scenario with my last pregnancy! After the positive blood test (also 1:150 or something based on a high hcg) We had the genetic counseling and the high-def u/s to r/o heart defects etc. But, we refused the amnio because the risk from the procedure was something we weren't willing to chance. Everything worked out in the end and we decided not to have the testing at all this time because of the high rate of false positives.
mama! It is a stressful bit of information even if it doesn't change how much you want the baby!

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These tests have a very high FALSE positive.

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...Not to mention that the whole notion of what's "positive" is sort of odd, because a less than 1% chance is still considered "positive," whereas for most people "positive" would mean, at the very least, "likely."

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I haven't had screening tests that stated I was high risk, but I do have a child with Down syndrome. We opted out of screenings in his pregnancy.

While the odds are in favor of your not having Down syndrome, if you would like to learn more about life with Down syndrome I'd be happy to answer questions through the board or in pm's. I can also give you websites to look at, too. I blog about my son (and the rest of my life) and you can check us out by clicking on my name in my siggie.

Since you said you will decline diagnositic testing, you might consider a Level II sono to see if there are any markers or heart concerns. I just had a regular sono with my son and no markers were detected & his heart defect (it's minor) was not seen either. He is a very healthy little boy, so there were no red flags on his sono.

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I had similar results with my nuchal during my last pregnancy. I am the type of person who just had to know in order to prepare so we did have an amnio. My baby did not end up having Down Syndrome. The odds of your baby having DS are still very small.

If you do not wish to pursue invasive testing, I'd do what the PP suggested --have a detailed u/s to check for markers. Then, if you don't get more information, I'd hope for a healthy baby (and you will probably have one) and also prepare for the possibility of embracing and loving a child with DS (who can still be healthy). Best wishes!
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