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    Default NT test and amniocentesis

    Dear parents/ soon to be,

    I am a daddy to little boy (4yo). Nearly 2 years ago my wife and I had a miscarriage. Needless to say we were devastated. About 14 weeks ago and after many months if trying we were advised that we were expecting, due process followed and we attended our 12 week ultrasound/NT test. This was done and we thought nothing more of it. A week later my wife and I attended our GP for an unrelated medical matter concerning my wife and we're advised that our NT results were not good. We were advised that our ratio for Trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome) was 1:113 and Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) was 1:52. Naturally we were devastated and confused. Three weeks of torture ensued and we opted for an amniocentesis.

    On Monday we received the fantastic news that we were having a healthy son. My hope in posting this is purely to inform all parents in similar circumstances that these tests are speculative and based upon inaccurate measurements and medical ratios, they are not a definate outcome. From my understanding a high number of false positives are delivered by doctors and issued in the same clinical, cynical style. Remember...... This IS NOT a diagnosis but a percentage chance based upon largely inaccurate measurements.

    Good luck to you all and I hope that at the very least this post had provided some hope or reassurance to any prospective parents who find themselves in the same situation.
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    I had a similar experience with my 12 week scan about this time last year. I was given 1:45 risk of DS but low risk for the other trisomies. I opted for a CVS and got clear FISH results the next day. Two and a half weeks later I got the full 'all clear'.

    It was one of the most stressful experiences of my life but having gone through it, came across loads of people who also got 'caught in the net'.

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    Excellent post.

    4 years ago I had a 1:20 'risk' for T21. It was such a stressful time and for no reason as my DS does not have Trisomy 21.

    Second pregnancy and I have opted out of having that test. I wish I had done the same for my first pregnancy and been more informed of how devastating it is to get non favourable results for something that isn't even diagnostic.

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    It was never a diagnostic test. It is a screening test.

    Ideally your GP should have provided more information when offering the test and you should have asked for more information when accepting the test. It's not compulsory.

    In all honesty unless your prepared to have an amnio or cvs and terminate if a positive result, there's no point have a NT scan in the first place.

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    After going through a miscarriage and finally falling pregnant again I can pretty much guarantee all questions would be asked and information gathered from doctors and specialists. Nothing can prepare you for getting the 'High Risk' results from an NT Scan or for all the worst case scenario information you are flooded with afterwards. I would not wish this wait on my worst enemy.
    This post is a reminder to those going through it, that you are not alone and that your baby has not been given a diagnosis but just an elevated risk, which a lot of the time comes back showing everything is clear.
    No the test is not compulsory, however due to different situations can be recommended, this doesn't make the results or the need for an Amnio any easier. And how does anyone be prepared to terminate, just because they chose to have a NT scan??
    I wish all mummy's and daddy's out there nothing but the best with their pregnancy's. And to anyone going through this agonising wait, you are not alone, stay strong, stay positive and I hope you see this post for what it was intended, a little bit of hope from someone going through it beside you.

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    Thanks Denny 2 and everyone who provided positive feedback and shared their personal stories.

    Like I said at the beginning I only hope this post provides reassurance and positivity to any prospective parents going through the same thing. It was not a post written to stir debate or obtain personal opinions.

    I know during our anxious wait we spent many hours researching the process and during this time all positive reassurance was welcomed with opened arms. Like most daddy/ husbands I was trying my utmost to be strong for my wife but struggled just as much as she did. We are all human.
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