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Old 02-01-06, 01:40 PM
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Hey Ladies-a friend of mine and fellow IVFer, just found out today that she has an elevated Triple Screen. Normal is .5-2.5 and she is 2.6. Her donor was 24 yrs old. She is scared to death now, which I totally understand, but since I did not have the triple screen I really did not know what to tell her. I had the amnio instead. She is 15 weeks. They told her they are sending her to the ROC which is where I had my amnio done and all my u/s. Hopefully they will be able to look at the markers and determine if she would need an amnio or not. But I just did not know what those numbers meant. They told her she may have a child w/ Spina Bifida. She is just beside herself which is understandable. She talked about the Triple Screen measuring the protein in the placenta, but she has been bleeding/spotting since getting pg and was told that the elevation could be from that...also she is anemic. My questions are was it too early for the Triple Screen and I know there are alot of false positives but I thought w/ IVF those would be lessen, can anyone help shed some light? She is just why do we have to go thru all of this w/ all that we have gone thru to get pg, I said I really don't know. I wished I could help her more, but I don't know much about this, thanks for the help.
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Old 02-01-06, 02:15 PM
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I know the triple test is usually done around 15 weeks in my clinic. I also know the numbers are not so accurate. From everything I've heard and read, the amnio is most reliable test and even that can have fasle positives. I feel for your friend...the problem is that she could be worrying for nothing.
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