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1 Second-trimester maternal serum screening

2 Risks and benefits associated with diagnostic procedures
Counseling for all patients Information about the screening tests offered – Detection rate – False-positive rate – Advantages – Disadvantages – Limitations Risks and benefits associated with diagnostic procedures

3 Goal for screening tests:
High detection rates Low false-positive rates Provide patients with the diagnostic options they might want to consider Screening and invasive diagnostic testing should be available to all women who present for prenatal care before 20 weeks of gestation regardless of maternal age.

4 First trimester screening with both NT and biochemical markers is an effective screening test for the general population, and is comparable to the 2nd trimester quadruple screen with the additional advantage of earlier pregnancy terminations if desired. Neural tube defect screening should be offered in the second trimester to women who elect only first trimester screening for aneuploidy

5 Second Trimester Quad Screen 15-22 weeks gestation
AFP, hCG, uE3, inhibin A 81% DR at a 5% positive screen rate Good for women who don’t want 1st trimester screening or who register for care after first trimester

6 Used for detection of: n of:
ONTD Down syndrome trisomy 18 Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome

7 Hyperglycosylated hCG excreted
in maternal urine has been tested as a marker for Down syndrome With the addition of extra markers, the potential benefit must be balanced against the cost.

8 Screening tests that combine first and second-trimester markers
Integrated Sequential – Stepwise sequential – Contingent sequential

9 Integrated Screen(9O-96%)
Measurements during both trimesters are combined with maternal age to provide a single estimate of a woman’s risk of having a pregnancy affected by Down syndrome 1st trimester: PAPP-A and NT 2nd trimester: AFP, uE3, hCG, and inhibin-A Offer when CVS is not available .

10 Sequential Screening Tests
Patient is informed of the first-trimester screening result Allows patients the option to have CVS – Stepwise Sequential Screening – Contingent Sequential Screening 88-94% DR at a 5% positive screen rate

11 Stepwise Sequential Screen
1st trimester: NT, PAPP-A + maternal age(90%-95%) Risk Assessment Positive1% Negative(99%) Quad screen CVS Risk based on maternal age, 1st trimester + quad screen

12 Contingent Sequential Screen(88-94%)
1st trimester: NT, PAPP-A + maternal age screen positive → offer CVS(1%) intermediate → offer quad screen(15%) screen negative → no further testing(84%)

Unexplained Elevated Maternal Serum α-Fetoprotein(2.5MOM) Ultrasound 90% r/o spinal lesions 100% r/o anencephaly VWD reduced with normal scan If MSAFP >4.0 MoM and NL U/S Offer invasive testing ONTD screening fetal growth restriction, fetal death, prematurity, oligohydramnios, abruptio placentae, and preeclampsia. no management protocol has been demonstrated to improve outcome in these cases.

14 Maternal weight Gestational age Race or ethnicity Diabetes
Several factors influence the maternal serum AFP level and are taken into consideration when calculating the AFP MoM: Maternal weight Gestational age Race or ethnicity Diabetes Multifetal gestation

15 Unexplained Elevated Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Levels
hCG (>2.0 MoM) is associated with an increased risk for preeclampsia,preterm birth, low birth weight, fetal demise, and possibly hypertension Low Second-Trimester Maternal Serum Estriol Low maternal serum unconjugated estriol levels have been linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes Very low or absent estriol levels of 0.0 to 0.15 MoM suggest biochemical abnormalities of the fetus or placenta, including placental steroid sulfatase deficiency, Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome, congenital adrenal hypoplasia,adrenocorticotropin deficiency,hypothalamiccorticotropin deficiency, and anencephaly.

16 Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome
occurs in approximately 1/60,000 pregnancies and is an autosomal recessive disorder defect in 3β-hydroxysteroid-Δ7-reductase, altering cholesterol synthesis and resulting in low cholesterol levels and the accumulation of the cholesterol precursor 7-dehydrocholesterol in blood and amniotic fluid. Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome is characterized by low birth weight, failure to thrive, and moderate to severe mental retardation. It is associated with multiple structural anomalies, including syndactyly of the second and third toes, microcephaly, ptosis, and a typical-appearing facies. Undermasculinization of the genitalia, including complete sex reversal, can be seen in male fetuses.

17 Elevated Human Chorionic Gonadotropin and Maternal Serum α-Fetoprotein
The combination of elevated MSAFP and hCG levels occurs rarely but may have an overall pregnancy complication rate exceeding 50%. preeclampsia, preterm birth, growth restriction, placental abnormalities, and fetal death Confined placental mosaicism for chromosome 16 has been reported to be associated with extremely high levels of both analytes, as well as with similarly poor outcomes.

18 Abnormal Quad Screen Markers
↑ed inhibin A + ↑ed hCG and/or AFP (>2.0MoM): Consider: Uterine artery Dopplers weeks Close surveillance for IUGR and preeclampsia Non-stress tests for cases with IUGR or preeclampsia

19 Down Syndrome Screening for Monozygotic Twins
Risk for aneuploidy is the same as for singleton Average of the two NT measurements can be used to calculate the pregnancy risk An enlarged NT and/or significantly discordant measurements between twins may be markers for adverse outcomes independent of aneuploidy risk

20 Down Syndrome Screening for Dizygotic Twins (> 70% of twins)
Each fetus carries an independent risk for Down syndrome Age-related risk for having 1 aneuploid fetus is higher than that of a woman with a singleton pregnancy Individual NT measurements can be used to calculate the fetus-specific risk A maternal age of years is the equivalent risk of a 35-year old woman with a singleton

21 Screening Tests in Twins
For twins, however, the value and accuracy of serum screening is much less certain because the contribution of an abnormal fetus will, on average, be brought closer to the normal mean by an unaffected co-twin. This tends to decrease the overall screening sensitivity. Screening, however, can be useful nonetheless. At present, there is no standard agreement on the MSAFP elevation that warrants further evaluation in twins. Some centers use a cutoff of 4.0 MoM, which would identify approximately 60% of fetuses with open spina bifida, but this has approximately an 8% incidence of false-positive results. Other centers use a cutoff of 4.5 MoM, which has a sensitivity of approximately 50%.


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