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What is NIPT Test:
Non-invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) is a type of blood screening done on expecting mothers to identify and check for genetic disorders and abnormalities. An NIPT test can be performed as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy, but the recommended time period is from 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Why you should get an NIPT:
NIPT test is a relatively expensive test but is an extremely great precaution to ensure preparedness for potential issues. Genetic abnormalities like chromosomal trisomy are extremely serious and cause many issues for the baby’s physical, mental and social well-being. For example, Down syndrome (Trisomy 21) causes reduced mental capacity and visible deformations, and Patau’s syndrome (Trisomy 13) has extremely high death rates, with more than 9 out of 10 children with Patau’s syndrome dying during the first year.
For the well-being of the family and the baby, being aware of potential dangers and consequences are necessary. So conducting preventive healthcare like detailed scans and NIPT gives time for families to prepare for the baby and possible conditions it may have, including learning about it, treatment or therapy plans, or researching about assistive technologies available to improve day-to-day life.
How NIPT works:
A mother’s blood contains traces of their baby’s DNA in it. So, the medical professional will extract blood from your arm with a needle and syringe and put it into a specific tube (cell-free DNA blood collection tube/BCT) to be sent off. The extraction process is just the typical blood withdrawal so you shouldn’t be worried.
The mother’s plasma contains the cell-free DNA (cfDNA) of the fetus, which is then sequenced to examine genetic information. In simpler terms, the DNA of the baby is then screened and analyzed from the mother’s blood sample.
What does NIPT test for:
Why you should use Blessono’s NIPT:
NIPT experimenting results:
Validated with clinical experience from > 140,000 pregnancies
The ability of a test to correctly identify patients with a disease.
Positive predictive value (PPV):
The probability that they have the disease given a positive test result.
Report / Result : 7 days