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Can an ultrasound detect Down syndrome?

An ultrasound sometimes can indicate an increased chance for Down syndrome, but it cannot identify all babies with Down syndrome. 
Ultrasound alone cannot diagnose Down's Syndrome, however there are features which can be "soft markers" suggestive of Down's Syndrome.  These include increased nuchal translucency, short femurs, and abnormalities of the heart, bowel and kidneys.

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