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Possible New blood test for Downs Syndrome

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It appears that pregnant women may be able to have a blood test to test for Down's Syndrome. "Currently, Down’s syndrome is diagnosed prenatally using invasive methods such as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling. These procedures are not entirely without risk, and in about 1 in 100 women can result in a miscarriage".

This research could signal the end of the invasive techniques listed above which cause distress to many pregnant women. As someone who had an amniocentesis many years ago this is great news for women who need to have such testing.

NHS Choices say that "although the techniques described show promise, further research involving a large-scale study will be required to assess which diagnostic method is the most accurate and reliable, and whether the new tests perform well enough to replace current methods". I say – the sooner the better.

Patricia Wakeford, Solicitor/Midwife
Clinical Negligence Team

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