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Triple or Quad Screening for Birth Defects

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What do you do with the results?

If you have a positive test result, your doctor may want you to have the diagnostic test amniocentesis to find out for sure if there is a problem. But it's your choice whether to have another test.

If you have a negative result, you may choose not to have another test.

Should you have the triple or quad screening?

Deciding whether to have a test for birth defects is a personal decision. And it can be a hard choice. You need to think about what the results of a test would mean to you and how they might affect your choices about your pregnancy.

If you choose to have a test, you may want to talk with a genetic counselor. The counselor can talk with you about the reasons to have or not have the test. He or she can also help you find other resources for support and decision-making.

For more help on deciding about having a triple or quad screening, see the topic:

Pregnancy: Should I Have Screening Tests?

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Last Updated: June 04, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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