What is noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT)?
NIPT is a prenatal screening, which looks at DNA from your baby’s placenta in a sample of your blood to identify whether you’re at increased risk of giving birth to a child with a genetic disorder. A screening like NIPT cannot, however, determine for sure whether your baby actually has a chromosomal disorder, only the likelihood of having that condition.
During pregnancy, some of the baby’s DNA passes into the mother’s bloodstream. The non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) analyses the genetic information contained in this DNA to screen a number of abnormalities. The NIPT involves a simple blood test and can be done from 10 weeks into the pregnancy.
What does it test for?
The NIPT is a safe and highly effective way of screening for conditions that include:
- Down syndrome (also called trisomy 21)
- Edwards syndrome (trisomy 18)
- Patau syndrome (trisomy 13) Turner syndrome
- Turner syndrome (Monosomy X)
- Klinefelter syndrome (XXY)
- Jacobs syndrome (XYY)
- Triple X syndrome (XXX)
Why have a NIPT?
The NIPT is highly sensitive and picks up more than 99% of cases of Down syndrome. But it is still a screening test rather than a diagnostic test. This means it can only tell you whether there is an increased risk of having a baby with an abnormality, rather than give you a definitive answer.
You might choose to have a NIPT test if:
your combined first-trimester screening test shows you are at increased risk of having a baby with Down syndrome
you did not have the combined first-trimester screening test because it was too late or the test wasn’t available in your area
you are at increased risk (for example, if you are older or you have had a baby previously with Down syndrome or another chromosomal condition)
How is NIPT done?
Because a NIPT involves only a quick blood draw with a needle and syringe, it’s safe for you and your baby. All you’ll need to do is offer up your arm at the doctor’s office or a lab. Your sample is then sent to a lab, where a technician will look at the cfDNA in your blood for signs of abnormalities.
How much does NIPT Test cost?
NIPT Test costs 13000 Rs
How many days does it take for reports?
Reports will take 8-10 working days
Who can have NIPT?
NIPT is available to all pregnant women, and some healthcare providers recommend it to all of their patients.
Others consider it most appropriate for women who are at higher risk of having a baby with chromosomal abnormalities. These include women who have already had a baby with a chromosomal abnormality and those who will be age 35 or older when their baby is born.
How do I book an appointment for NIPT Test?
Call on this no. 04049171772 for booking