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What is Triple Marker Test?

what is Triple Marker Test?

The Triple Marker test is also called the Triple screen test. It is done to ensure the well-being of the fetus so that it does not have any risk of developing congenital disabilities. It involves a non-invasive blood test which is done between the 15th and 22nd week of pregnancy. However, the most appropriate result is obtained between the 16th and 22nd week. The hormones which are measured in this test include:

- Alpha-fetoprotein: It is a protein which is made by the fetus.
- Human Chorionic Gonadotropin: It is a hormone which is made by the placenta.
- Unconjugated estriol: It is the hormone known as estrogen. Both the fetus and the placenta produce it.

When is Triple Marker Test recommended?

The medical practitioner recommends the Triple Screening test to detect neural tube defects, Downs Syndrome, Edwards Syndrome or other abnormalities. This test also enables the doctor to identify if you have multiple pregnancies.

Preparing for Triple Marker Test

You do not need to follow any restrictions related to food or drinks. This test does not have any side effects on the mother and the baby since it is a non-invasive test.

Understanding Triple Marker Test

Your gynecologist will analyze your Triple Marker Test, and he will let you know whether the result is negative or positive. If your result is negative, it implies that your fetus is at low risk of developing congenital disabilities. If your test results are positive, the doctor may recommend other tests to diagnose the disability that the baby is facing. The doctor might perform an ultrasound to check whether the brain, spinal cord, kidneys, and heart have problems.

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