Prenatal Genetic Testing

If you know genetic problems run in the family, we recommend prenatal genetic testing to help you understand any risks.

Once you are pregnant, we offer many types of prenatal diagnostics and testing to identify any genetically based issues and other potential problems:

  • Triple or quad screening is a form of prenatal diagnostic testing to test the fetus for chromosomal abnormalities (e.g., Down syndrome) and neural tube defects (e.g., spina bifida). Done at 16 weeks.
  • Nuchal translucency testing is an ultrasound test to help identify signs of Down syndrome and congenital heart defects. Done at 11-13 weeks.
  • PAPP-A is a genetic screening test often combined with the results of the nuchal translucency test to help identify markers for Down syndrome. Done at 11-13 weeks.
  • Amniocentesis is a sampling of the amniotic fluid that can be used to check for chromosomal abnormalities, fetal infections, Rh incompatibility, and other issues. Done between 15 and 20 weeks.
  • Materni T 21 tests for three types of chromosome abnormalities: trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), trisomy 18 and trisomy 13. This test uses blood taken from the mother and is able to detect feta DNA in the maternal bloodstream. It is given any time after nine weeks to women of advanced maternal age (over 35 at delivery), with family history of one of the disorders, or who have had an abnormal ultrasound or a positive screening test.

We encourage you to talk to our physicians if you have any questions or concerns about genetics issues and the prenatal genetic testing that can help to identify them.

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Cheyenne Women’s Clinic
3952 Parkview Dr.
Cheyenne, WY 82001

We are located at the corner of Parkview and College,
one block south of Dell Range.

Hours: Mon-Thurs 8-5 | Fri 8-3
Phone: 307-637-7700


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