AFP

Prenatal Diagnostic Testing Anxiety

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QUESTION

Dear Experts,
My wife and I just got our triple blood screen back and we were told the test for Downs came back positive. The doctor set up an appointment for tomorrow for an ultrasound and possible amniocentesis. My wife and I have had two, very early miscarriages (fist month or so) and are scared to have the amnio. If it is healthy or not, we will go forward.

Alpha-Fetoprotein Test

MSAFP is a screening test that examines the level of alpha-fetoprotein in the mother's blood during pregnancy. Because it is measuring the level of alpha-fetoprotein, it is often referred to as an AFP test. This is not a diagnostic test. It is often part of the triple test screening that assesses whether further diagnostic testing may be needed.