Trisomy and its risks
Random cell division abnormalities may occur during egg maturation and in the early phases of egg fertilisation. If these processes lead ot an extra copy of one of the chromosomes, which means a particular chromosome occurs in three rather than two instances, the condition is called trisomy.
There is a certain amount of foetal DNA in maternal blood already in the early stages of pregnancy. Using a special screening laboratory test, it is possible to isolate this foetal DNA and analyse it to determine the risk of foetal trisomy (three identical chromosomes).
Consult your doctor
TRISOMY test (or TRISOMY test +) is designed to exclude the presence of trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome), and trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome) with a high degree of accuracy. If the mother-to-be wishes to know, the test can also determine the sex of her unborn baby.
Parents’ and doctors’ views
I have always wanted to be a mother, but I only managed to get pregnant when I was 37 thanks to IVF. Since this was going to be my first and probably the only child, I made absolutely sure everything was going to be perfect. I found amniocentesis risky, and when I found out about TRISOMY test, I did not hesitate. It is so simple and painless - and the reassurance is priceless.