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Triple Marker Pregnancy Test

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Triple marker test is one of the pregnancy tests carried out between 14th and 18th week of pregnancy. Triple marker test helps to detect whether the unborn baby is suffering with Down syndrome or not. Read on to know more about Triple marker pregnancy test.

Triple marker test is also known as maternal serum screening test or somewhere it is called multiple marker test also. This is a blood test that is performed usually between the 14th and 18th week of pregnancy. This gives useful information about the pregnancy and the health of the child in the womb. It gives the probability of any problem, if found in the fetus. The test is done and examined by a computer program and this indicates whether or not the fetus has Down syndrome.

Purpose of Undergoing Triple Marker Test

The main purpose of the triple marker test is to find whether the mother is going to give birth to a child with Down syndrome or not. This test also depicts results of some more increased risks that are associated with pregnancy, the mother and the fetus as well. Although the percentage of children with down syndrome is very less, this test at least gives a satisfaction to the about-to-be parents that whether they need to keep the baby or not. The early detection helps them decide in a better way. In fact this type of disease is due to chromosomal abnormalities and is a genetic condition found in children born with Down syndrome.


It is very important to say the right age of the fetus because if there is error in determining the age of the fetus, it can lead errors when the results are interpreted. However, this test is just a screening test and it will only indicate the probability of the child having Down syndrome. There are debates going on because the results are not 100% correct according to some specialists.

The precaution should also be taken by the nurse that collects the blood sample so that the sample is prevented from transmission of any blood borne pathogens. The sample of the blood is taken from the vein of the pregnant woman and the test is done to detect any problem related to the development of the brain and spinal cord of the fetus. This test also detects one of the genetic disorders, Down syndrome, which is in reality a chromosomal abnormality.

Problems Associated with Triple Marker Test

The only problem associated with this test is that it is expensive and is not carried out in all nursing homes. If you want to get their test done you will have to find out whether it is done at any nursing homes in your city or not.

Some women do not give importance to this type of test. The main reason behind this is their ignorance. They are not aware of the benefits that are associated with this test. The main thing is that most pregnant women do not know about the test and the prevention possible due to this.

Importance of Awareness

Awareness is very important among women and this comes through education. When you are pregnant you should find out everything related to you, childbirth and the health related precautions and tests. It is very essential the health care centers or organizations related to this field, educate people about the availability and benefits of these tests.

Even today many people do not undergo tests thinking that it is just a way of making money for the doctors and medical professions. There is a need to eradicate this mentality and develop awareness in both the people and the medical professionals.

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Sonu.1 year ago
What is the cost of triple marker test?
.2 years ago
informative and highly important and useful
.2 years ago
I have done my Tripple Marker Test on 6/11/2013. Where as my LMP Date is 3/6/2013.
Will it be any problem?
seemi.3 years ago
thank you! this article is very helpful to me..and meaningful
Seema.5 years ago
I guess, triple marker test is not compulsory for all pregnant women. It is a kind of test which has be undergone by a pregnant women who has a family history of occurrence of disabilities. However, each and every pregnant women should consult the gynecologist about this pregnancy test.
Supriya.5 years ago
It agree to with Bony. It is very necessary to undergo all the pregnancy tests prescribed by the doctor. You need to very careful during pregnancy. It is very essential to undergo all the pregnancy tests suggested by gynecologist.
Bony.5 years ago
It is very essential to follow what doctor says during pregnancy. At the same time it is also necessary to undergo all the pregnancy test prescribed by the doctor. Triple marker test is one such pregnancy test which is carried out to find out if the development of baby's organs is proper. Pregnant women should always go for these test.
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