Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS) for Down Syndrome and other abnormalities

Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS) for Down Syndrome and other abnormalities

Price: 15,400,000 VNĐ

Chromosomes are small “packages” of genes in the cells of the human body. These cells normally contain 46 chromosomes which exist in pairs (23 chromosomes inherited from the mother and 23 chromosomes inherited from the father). Genetic disorders and some birth defects are commonly caused by presence of an abnormal number of chromosomes (medically referred to as aneuploidy).

The aneuploidies commonly screened during pregnancy are:

  • Down syndrome: this is also known as Trisomy 21, because the affected person has three copies of chromosome 21 instead of two,
  • Patau syndrome: this is also known as Trisomy 13, because the affected person has three copies of chromosome 13 instead of two,
  • Edwards syndrome: this is also known as Trisomy 18, because the affected person has three copies of chromosome 18 instead of two.

During pregnancy, a very small amount of baby’s genetic material is transferred through the placenta into mother’s blood circulation. NIPS is a noninvasive method to screen for certain specific chromosomal abnormalities in the developing baby through testing of blood collected from the mother.

A simple blood sample is collected from the mother and sent to the laboratory. The laboratory will then extract the baby’s DNA from that sample to screen for any abnormal chromosomes.

NIPS is currently the most sensitive and specific method in screening for the three common abnormalities affecting chromosomes 13, 18 and 21.

FV Hospital recommends NIPS for all pregnant women, of any risk group. NIPS can be performed from the 10th week of gestation and all along the pregnancy.

FV Hospital offers a NIPS performed in an international laboratory

To schedule an appointment at the FVH Paediatrics Department, please contact:

Phone: 028 5411 3333

Ext: 1231 / 1276/ 1383