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Who should have the quad marker screen?

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It’s recommended that all pregnant women have a quad marker screen, but it’s your decision whether to have it. But if you have any of the following, you may strongly want to consider having the test:

If you have any concerns about the test, talk to your health care provider.

  • You’re age 35 or older when the baby is due.
  • Your family has a history of birth defects.
  • You've had a child with a birth defect.
  • You were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes before your pregnancy.

From: Pregnancy and the Quad Marker Screen WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on September 19, 2016

Medically Reviewed on 09/19/2016

SOURCES: The March of Dimes.  , "Second trimester maternal serum screening for fetal open neural tube defects and aneuploidy." American College of Medical Genetics, 2004.


Deborah A. Driscoll, MD

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on September 19, 2016

SOURCES: The March of Dimes.  , "Second trimester maternal serum screening for fetal open neural tube defects and aneuploidy." American College of Medical Genetics, 2004.


Deborah A. Driscoll, MD

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on September 19, 2016

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