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Prenatal Screening

The cell free Screen searches for certain chromosomal diseases that cause serious health problems. These diseases happen when a baby is born with extra or missing chromosomes.

  • Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) – children with trisomy 21 have distinct facial features, below average intelligence, difficulty achieving life skills, and a higher risk for certain health problems.

  • Trisomy 13 and trisomy 18 – children with these diseases have severe, life-threatening health problems. Miscarriage of a pregnancy is common. Babies who survive birth often do not live past the first few weeks of life.

  • Sex chromosome disorders – children with extra or missing sex chromosomes (X and Y) can have certain health and reproductive problems, and may have some problems with learning.

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