Evaluation through measurement of fetal nuchal translucency

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What is an Evaluation through Measurement of Fetal Nuchal Translucency?

An evaluation through measurement of fetal nuchal translucency is a prenatal procedure used to assess the risk of certain chromosomal abnormalities and birth defects in the fetus.

Why Would I Get an Evaluation Through Measurement of Fetal Nuchal Translucency?

This procedure is usually recommended for pregnant women over the age of 35, or for any woman whose prenatal screening tests have indicated a risk for genetic conditions and chromosomal abnormalities.

What Happens During an Evaluation Through Measurement of Fetal Nuchal Translucency?

During the procedure, an ultrasound is performed to measure the thickness of the tissue at the back of the fetus's neck. This measurement is then compared with ultrasound measurements of other parts of the fetus, such as the head and abdomen.

What to Expect After an Evaluation Through Measurement of Fetal Nuchal Translucency?

After the procedure, results will be discussed with the mother. If the risk of the baby having a chromosomal abnormality such as Down syndrome, is higher, further testing may be recommended.

Conclusion

Evaluation through measurement of fetal nuchal translucency is a prenatal procedure that is used to assess the risk of certain chromosomal abnormalities and birth defects in the fetus. It is recommended for pregnant women over the age of 35 and for any woman whose prenatal screening tests have indicated a risk for genetic conditions and chromosomal abnormalities. Results of the evaluation will be discussed with the mother and, if necessary, further testing may be recommended.

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