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Old 08-15-2007, 07:12 PM   #11
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Thanks for all of your good thoughts...If the next blood test comes out positive...I'm not going any where near and aminiocentisis!!! I know I'm in love with this baby already....so there is no reason to feel scared...it's just hard to think about things you never thought you would have to.

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I had my quad blood test last week...the one that tests for spina bifida and downs syndrome. I received a call yesterday afternoon from one of the doctors in the office I go to who told me it was positive for downs syndrome. Then she wanted to confirm that I was 18 weeks 4 days along...and I said no, I'm almost 16. Well...then she said it might be a false postiive because it appearsI got the test too early (about a week ago), and she wasn't sure why they had my weeks confused on my chart. I need to go in next week for another test.

Do you think I should be worried or just let it go, figuring she's right with the test being done too early? Has anyone gone through this before? I know that this test is just a screening and it can show a positive result and everything actually be okay.

The one thing that concerns me though, is when I got an ultrasound done at 7 weeks because of low progesterone, he said according to the size of the yolk sac, the baby was measuring only 5 weeks. I made the mistake of looking into everything on the internet after my phone call yesterday and it said that a baby with Downs has a smaller yolk sac when forming. AHHHH!

Please tell me I'm just worrying too much!!!
retest and then also find out IF you can be refferred to a genetics specialist when you hit about 17-18 weeks and get your level II u/s through them.
my dd has mild ds and although i didn't get any afp done or any other screenings to determine it before birth, nothing in my u/s ever showed signs or markers for downsyndrome, even my level II u/s was perfectly fine.
her yolk sac when i had my first u/s wasn't smaller neither, nothing ever showed up. try not to worry, those tests do have a false positive rate going on which is why i chose not to have the tests done while pg with ds #1 and dd, the only reason i got it done this time is because i do not want my baby poked for a blood draw all over his body after he is born like they did to my dd
alot of mamas have gotten false positives too mama, the best thing to do is read up on downsyndrome just in case, these are some of the most special children in the world, i wouldnt change anything about my daughter, she is perfect and the sweetest kid i have ever had the pleasure to be around and love
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Old 08-19-2007, 07:23 PM   #13
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I took the quad marker test with my ds and and I am SO glad that I did. because of it, we were able to catch the fact that he had gastroschesis (hole in his abdominal wall that allowed his intestines to come out of his body) and we were able to monitor him closely. He developed some issues in his intestines while I was pregnant that complicated things and I know that because we knew so soon and because he was being monitored so closely, he is alive today. I was so grateful for the chance to prepare myself for what was to come instead of being shocked with it all when going into labor. If I had gone vaginal, there was a good chance it could have killed him and so that also saved his life. It gave me time to process what I would need to deal with when he was born, Csection, His surgeries, His NICU stay and the chance that I may not get to keep him on this earth for very long. He has had 4 major surgeries and will need one more (hopefully that will be it) but is a very happy and active 2 year old today. So, I can not stress enough the importance of the test just so you can prepare for what you will be handling and if necessary, research any available agencies that can help you and or your child. I would do it again, even if the test turned out to be a false positive, just so I could be as prepared as possible and not have to deal with any unnecessary shock when the baby was born.
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I had a false positive with my DD1 but it was still scary. I say retest further along and see what happens.
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I took the quad marker test with my ds and and I am SO glad that I did. because of it, we were able to catch the fact that he had gastroschesis (hole in his abdominal wall that allowed his intestines to come out of his body) and we were able to monitor him closely. He developed some issues in his intestines while I was pregnant that complicated things and I know that because we knew so soon and because he was being monitored so closely, he is alive today. I was so grateful for the chance to prepare myself for what was to come instead of being shocked with it all when going into labor. If I had gone vaginal, there was a good chance it could have killed him and so that also saved his life. It gave me time to process what I would need to deal with when he was born, Csection, His surgeries, His NICU stay and the chance that I may not get to keep him on this earth for very long. He has had 4 major surgeries and will need one more (hopefully that will be it) but is a very happy and active 2 year old today. So, I can not stress enough the importance of the test just so you can prepare for what you will be handling and if necessary, research any available agencies that can help you and or your child. I would do it again, even if the test turned out to be a false positive, just so I could be as prepared as possible and not have to deal with any unnecessary shock when the baby was born.

Wow! What an ordeal you had to go through!...I'm glad to hear that this test helped you out....and that your little boy is doing well! My best wishes to you and your little one!

I just got the test retaken today...so I should have the results back by my appointment next Tuesday. Thanks for all your hugs!!
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I refused the test with both of my dd's. My neighbor had the test done and it came out positive and then they retested and the results were negative. I really think it shouldn't be a routine test only if there are alot of risk factors.
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YEAH! My 2nd test came back fine...baby is doing welll and everything is normal!!
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im so glad everything is okay!!!!!!!!!


I already discussed with my doctor that I don't want the quad screen. She even said to me "the rate of false positives makes it not even worth it for someone your age" (im 23).

its sad how they put so much stress on a soon-to-be mom.
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YEAH! My 2nd test came back fine...baby is doing welll and everything is normal!!
so glad to hear it!
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Thanks everyone! Yeah...it sometimes makes me not even want to go to the doctor after some of the worry they place on you!!!
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