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Non-invasive prenatal examination for Down syndrome, Edwards and Patau syndrome

Non-invasive prenatal examination for Down syndrome, Edwards and Patau syndrome



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Although the NIFTY test has been successfully used around the world for several years, it is still new in Poland. Future mothers often learn about it not from doctors, but from the Internet. Meanwhile, this test is very effective and, most importantly, it is completely safe for the child and mother.

Until recently, confirmation of Down Syndrome, Edwards or Patau Syndrome was only possible on the occasion of amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling. Now, however, patients are also available with non-invasive screening tests with very high sensitivity. Not surprisingly, future mums are beginning to be interested in them.

The effectiveness of the NIFTY test is 99%. It is therefore comparable to invasive prenatal tests. What is more, it is worth knowing that the patient is covered by free, voluntary insurance. So if the test does not show one of the aforementioned trisomies and the child is born with her, the patient will receive compensation in the amount of approx. zlotys. It is also worth saying that also in the case of a positive result of the NIFTY test (with Down syndrome, Edwards or Patau syndrome), the future mother can count on help in the form of funding for a private amniocentesis procedure.

NIFTY test - how does it work?

The test procedure itself is very simple. The blood from the ulnar vein is used here, so from a technical point of view it resembles ordinary morphology. Then from the mother's blood is isolated. free DNA in which both the pregnant and fetal genetic material is found. In the next stage, the fetal DNA is subjected to detailed analysis. Although the test is very simple for the patient herself, the laboratory procedure is very complicated in this case. It requires appropriate equipment and extensive experience of the laboratory team. The fetal DNA circulating in the mother's blood is often "jagged" and its analysis is much more difficult compared to classical genetic testing after birth.

Who should do the NIFTY test?

Due to the fact that this examination is completely safe, in fact any pregnant woman who is afraid of having a sick child can undergo it. The indication for the test is definitely a situation when the patient has an amniocentesis, but wants to avoid it or a genetic load. Other cases when the examination is recommended: patient age over 35, in vitro surgery, pregnancy at risk and inability to undergo invasive prenatal tests.

Test insurance - only those on the market!

Interestingly, it is also the only prenatal test available on the market in which the patient is insured in the event of an erroneous result being issued. If the laboratory does not find one of the three fetal malformations described above, and the baby is born burdened with it, then it will be paid compensation in the amount of approx. 96 thousand. zlotys. It is also worth noting that when a positive NIFTY test result is issued, the expectant mother can count on funding for amniocentesis.

Now also in twins ...

Until recently, a contraindication to the NIFTY test was multiple pregnancy. Today, however, also patients expecting, among others twins can successfully use this innovative method. However, unlike single pregnancies, fetal sex cannot be determined in this case and the risk is estimated for all pregnancy (all children).