Prenatal screening with the test enables early detection of life-threatening genetic conditions and assists medical professionals in the evaluation of subsequent treatment options.
Birth defects are the cause of death for approximately 240,000 infants around the world each year within the first 28 days of their lives. Disabilities caused by a birth defect may last a lifetime. Some birth defects, however, are avoidable. Let’s get the definition of “Maternal markers” straight! These are the different prenatal tests that are suggested for pregnant women to get done. It aids in determining the likelihood that their unborn child will be born with a congenital heart defect, a neural tube defect, or an abnormal chromosome.
List of Tests Included:
- Beta HCG
- Unconjugated Estreol (E3)
Cancer Markers – Alpha feto Protien (AFP)
The triple marker screen test is helpful for prospective parents in preparing for and evaluating their options. In addition, they warn the medical staff to keep a closer eye on the fetus in question for any additional signs of complications.
Women who meet the following criteria are typically encouraged to take the test:
- are at least 35 years old,
- have a history of birth defects in their family,
- have diabetes and take insulin,
- have been exposed to high levels of radiation,
- have had a viral infection during pregnancy, or any combination of these risk factors.
A triple marker screen test does not require any preparation on the part of women. There are no requirements regarding eating or drinking before the test.
In addition, there is absolutely no danger in participating in the triple marker screening test in any way.
A triple marker screen test is able to determine not only whether or not there are multiple foetuses present, but also whether or not there are any potential complications associated with the pregnancy. This assists the parents in getting ready for the birth. Parents are aware that they have a reduced risk of having a child who suffers from a genetic condition if all of the test results come back normal.