"screen positive" for downs ...HELP

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"screen positive" for downs ...HELP
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Tue, 10-14-2008 - 5:01pm
as you all know, i went for the amnio last week but we opted out of the test bcause the specialist did a special us and said it looked great,and put my odds at 1 in 190,but did say that he wished i had done the triple quad so he could compare that also,so i had that done last monday and docs office called me today and said that it was being faxed over to specialist for him to see and compare it with

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Registered: 03-05-2008
Tue, 10-14-2008 - 6:35pm
If I recall correctly, just as a result of our age, we will automatically test positive.

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Registered: 11-14-2007
Tue, 10-14-2008 - 7:02pm

Those numbers can be so stressful, but try to look at what it really means. It means that if 55 women got those results, only ONE will actually have Downs. You have over a 98% chance that everything is fine - I'd take those odds in Vegas any day!

Statistically, the baby is most likely perfect, so try not to get too stressed out about it. The term "positive screen" should be abolished!!

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Registered: 03-31-2007
Tue, 10-14-2008 - 11:31pm
My OB and my perinatologist told me NOT to have the triple screen because both said it would come up positive based on my age alone, regardless what the bloodwork showed.

Carol, mom to 7

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Registered: 05-16-2007
Wed, 10-15-2008 - 12:02am

I know hearing those results would make anyone go stressed out, but you are only 4 months along and so what like 16 weeks you I am sure that your doctor could squeeze you in for an amnio given your results. have you contacted your doctor about going for the test?

My doc gave me 1 and 40 odds and my little guy is fine.

I hope that you can find peace, but try to get in for the amnio then you will at least know one way or the other.

Good luck
Dyan







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Registered: 08-27-2008
Wed, 10-15-2008 - 4:16am

I was in the high risk group (1 in 55 is not positive, just high risk), with both #2 (at 40) and now #3 (at 42) based on the blood test.

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Registered: 10-13-2008
Wed, 10-15-2008 - 11:18am

The feeling of the unknown can drive us crazy...let me ask you this.. your 5 mths along... will your terminate just cause the baby may have downs?

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Registered: 02-22-2008
Wed, 10-15-2008 - 1:29pm

Hi:


Not sure if this will ease your mind or not but I will tell you my experience with this. I am 41 years old and this is my first baby (but 2nd pregnancy). I had the nuchal screen test done at 12 weeks - that is where they measure the fold in the baby's neck, do an extensive u/s on the baby and then take some blood from me. The u/s & nuchal were fine according to my high risk dr. However, they called me when my bloodwork came back and factoring in my age, they told me I had a 1 in 20 risk for a Downs baby. I was told at my age, it should be at least 1 in 43 or better. Needless to say, I was worried like crazy! I thought oh my gosh! But then I calculated it out and realized that it was a 5% chance our baby would have DS and 95% that it wouldn't! I heard there is a lot of "false" positive on these tests in any case. However, my regular OB had suggested after my first miscarriage that the next time I got pregnant, I should have the amnio done. She told me she had it done at 43 when she had her last child. So after hearing the 1 in 20, I decided to go through with the amnio. I knew that I would keep the baby no matter what. I had seen him kicking and moving and heard his heartbeat already. Plus, at 12 weeks, they were very certain it was a boy! So I had the amnio scheduled at 16 weeks and it wasn't bad at all. I was more nervous and worried about it than it turned out to be. They do an extensive u/s again prior to the amnio and that is when they noticed that the baby's bladder was huge and it was discovered that he had a blockage. This became more of a concern than anything. So at this point I had to do the amnio in order to move forward in my pregnancy. While waiting on the amnio results, I read that the bladder blockage happens often in children with DS. I thought, oh this is a definite sign of it! Well, turns out the baby was fine and no genetic problems at all. Since then, I have had surgery to put a shunt in the baby's bladder so that it can drain directly into the sac and provide the fluid he needs to develop. I had the surgery a little over 3 weeks ago now and my 2 follow up u/s have shown that he is fine and the fluid level is normal.


So you see, as a mother (or mother-to-be), we can overcome many things that we didn't think possible. You just have to search your soul and do what is best for you and for your baby and your family. I knew that I loved my baby and I was going to do anything to save him that I could! I have had a needle in my stomach 3 times (one for the amnio and two times for the baby bladder tap) and then I had a huge needle for the surgery. But I don't care one bit! I pray every day for my baby to continue to grow and keep his bladder emptying.


I think your odds aren't so terrible compared to what mine were (1 in 20). However, if it will give you peace of mind, have the amnio done (the procedure is really not bad at all and it lasts like about 2 mins. when the needle goes in) and then I am sure it will come back that all is fine and you will be able to relax and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy!


Good luck and keep us posted as to what you decide and what happens!


Michelle

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Registered: 06-25-2007
Wed, 10-15-2008 - 3:08pm

The screen seems to almost always be positive with us older moms.

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Registered: 05-16-2007
Wed, 10-15-2008 - 3:20pm

HOw old is Ester now? she is so cute.

Dyan








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Registered: 06-25-2007
Wed, 10-15-2008 - 3:41pm

She is just about 21 months.


I can't believe that Michael is 9 months already.

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