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July 22nd, 2011, 02:37 PM
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I'm not exactly Understanding the purpose of this test. It tests the chance of the baby having a birth defect? But doesn't prove if the baby does have a defect?? I'm not over 35 which is the age that I thought it was recommended. I'm only 19 and have no health problems but my ob orders them for every patient. Why? What's the point? I guess it doesn't hurt anything but now I'm stressing over it a little bit just the usual what ifs.
I get the results at my appt tuesday.

Have any of y'all had a quad screen or can you explain it a little better? The nurse said they do it do if there is a problem the baby can be delivered in a hospital with a good nicu
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July 22nd, 2011, 02:54 PM
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All of the prenatal testing was optional with my OB and they offer them to every patient, but I think the likelihood of the baby having a birth defect goes up if the mother is over 35. What my doc told me is if you get the test and anything comes back positive or probable, they'll recommend further testing (she said an amnio) that will give you a definite yes or no so you can start planning accordingly should a test come back positive. I'm surprised your doc performs the test on every patient regardless of their wishes, but hopefully you have nothing to be concerned about.

Here is a link to some additional info I found that might be helpful: Quad Screen : American Pregnancy Association

Good luck!
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July 22nd, 2011, 02:58 PM
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I bet you could decline it if you wanted to. It's been standard at both OBs that I have delivered with to give the test and I am just a little older than you.
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July 22nd, 2011, 03:43 PM
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Didn't try to deny the test. Didn't seem worth it. Its a small office and they were swamped so i didnt ask as many questions as i should have lol. I will refuse an amnio if they try to order one. I know a couple of people that their quad screen came back positive or whatever and nothing was wrong ar all.
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July 22nd, 2011, 04:06 PM
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Its a small office and they were swamped so i didnt ask as many questions as i should have lol.
Maybe they wouldn't be so swamped if they didn't "require" unnecessary tests for all of their patients without fully explaining the benefits and risks.

I know, I know. That was obnoxious and soap-boxy, and I apologize.

I'm only about 60% serious.

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I will refuse an amnio if they t to order one. I know a couple of people that their quad screen came back positive or whatever and nothing was wrong ar all.

This is exactly why I decline the trip screen, the quad screen, the NT scan, the CVS (some of these things may be the same thing?)... I would not have an amnio or anything more invasive to confirm abnormalities, so why bother with the preliminary tests?

It's so individual, though. In any case, good luck with yours! I hope your results don't raise any flags so you can relax and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy.
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July 22nd, 2011, 04:24 PM
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That's the only time I've been even the least bit unhappy. And only because I was confused. I love love love my ob and all his staff.
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July 22nd, 2011, 04:26 PM
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I was going to decline the quad screen but at the last minute decided to go ahead with it. I'm 19 also and have no family history. If it comes back positive it does not mean there is something wrong just that there is a chance. They will give you a level 2 ultrasound and depending on how everything looks they may recommend amnio but you don't have to do that. Down syndrome they can't do anything about but if there is a neural tube defect they can do fetal surgery or surgery after the baby is born...
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