Should I have a quad screen test during pregnancy?

Prenatal testing, such as the quad screen, is a very personal decision from patient to patient. It's important that patients talk to their physician about the quad screen and whether or not it would be a good idea for her to have it or not. It is a blood test that looks for a patient's risk, and it reports the risk of the baby having Down syndrome and neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. It is not a yes-or-no answer; it is simply a risk determination, and it is used as a screening test. So it is important that the patient speak with her doctor and talk about her risk factors first, whether it is family history or age. Based on that, the test helps make the decision whether to see a genetic counselor and makes a decision whether or not to have those screening tests that are available to her.

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