Learn about the quadruple screening test
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Hi, everybody! I am Melanie Raposo and welcome to Mommy's Minute. Well, the newest maternal screening test is the quadruple test and is almost identical to the triple screen test. The test involves taking a sample of blood and measuring a woman's levels of AFP, hCG, estriol, and inhibin to indicate a baby's risk of Down's syndrome. The test is about 81% effective and is usually performed around the 16th week of pregnancy. If a risk of Down's syndrome is present, amniocentesis can be performed to confirm the diagnosis. To learn more, visit www.ThePregnancyShow.com.