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Amniocentesis - cost and other info.

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    bekyboo44 is offline Registered User
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    The OSCAR test is the nuchal transluency test combined with a blood test and is considered to be the most accurate way of testing for downs syndrome (w/out having amnio which is the only way of knowing 100% as the OSCAR test is not 100% reliable).
    If your OSCAR test comes back with a high risk for downs syndrome then you will be advised to do an amnio, but you don't have to if you don't want to- although most Drs would recommend it.
    With my first born my OSCAR test came back with a 1 in 60 chance of downs syndrome, I decided against an amnio and my son was born healthy and normal.
    With my second born I decided not even to have the OSCAR test, seeing as it had been so inaccurate with my son. My daughter was also born healthy and normal.
    But everyone has to come to their own decision on the tests.
    The OSCAR test is usually performed around 12-13 weeks.
    It is possible to find Drs in HK who have an amnio miscarriage rate of just 0.5%

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    Not sure if this was mentioned or if they do this procedure in Hong Kong but it is called the CVS Chorionic villus sampling Test. "The goal of CVS is to obtain a tiny tissue sample from your placenta, which will be sent to a lab for analysis. The doctor withdraws the sample through either your cervix or your abdomen, depending on which approach gives her best access to your placenta. A technician uses ultrasound to help guide the procedure." You can get it done around the 11 and 12th week of pregnancy. For more information about the procedure, you can click on this website: http://www.babycenter.com/0_chorioni...&articleId=328 Hope that helps.

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    i am still continuing this and the same dilemma...my quad screening (tests had to be sent to london) have come back 1/2700 for DS and the miscarriage risks from amnio are 1/200 or 1/100 depending on who you believe, so far far higher...my doctors are still against me doig it ( 1 ma 20 weeks give or take) buts it my decision...i think its not worthwhile give such low ratios but am 39...any thoughts

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    I am a mother of baby boy and I am 37. My blood test for DS came back 1/700. I was really really worried since most of my mum friends test result were sooooo much higher than mine. None of them were even close to the result I got....

    My husband and I researched about amnio and decided NOT to take it. The reason was we were already in love with our baby who was not even born yet.

    We thought if we take the amnio test and result come back negative but lose a baby as a result of amnio test, we will blame ourselves for rest of our life. So we decided to go on without amnio.

    I was worried that my age might cause DS for my baby. But he was born healthy and normal.

    I think it is personal choice. There is no right or wrong choice here. The only thing I can advice you is talk to husband and make decision which both of you will not regret.

    Sucellia

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    thanks for that...does anyone know of very good results that have been wrong...?my doctor has misdiagnosed once in 25 years..am assuming thats over 10000 patiesnts and only one mistake..thats go to be a pretty good track record....

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    i was 41 when pregnant. my doctor told me to take the OSCAR and said this is enough, no Amnio needed. I have a perfect healty boy.

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    CVS is available in HK from about 12 weeks. I had one done (due to high risk OSCAR results) at Dr Lam's clinic in Central which was very quick and painless (with a little discomfort during process). Results for DS back in about 1 day and results for other chromosonal abnormalities in about 10-12 days. Tests only chromosones and not all congenital disorders (such as spina bifida) which the amnio does.

    Understand Dr Lam is very experienced in amnio and CVS (altho quite brusque in manner - just my opinion) and with 1 day of total rest I was fine . Cost about $5500 - cash only (found out last minute and had to dash to nearby ATM).

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