Friday, March 2, 2012
Between 15-20 weeks there is a blood test that pregnant women can do that tests for the risk of trisomy 18, trisomy 21, and open neural tube defects. It is known as the "AFP test" or "downs syndrome test" and sometimes referred to as "triple screen" or "quad screen."
I have never had this test done in either of my pregnancies. This is a very personal decision and I don't think it is right or wrong. I just feel that I didn't need to have the test done.
But that is not what I am talking about, is it right or wrong. I am wondering how much do you think about the test? For those mothers who had the test done in pregnancy, did it weigh on your mind? Did your provider call and tell you the negative or positive results? Or just wait until the next visit.
In my office we only call if the levels are abnormal. We don't call to tell people their results were normal. We wait until their next visit to let them know. This is usually 4 weeks after the blood test was drawn. We get the results in the office within 2-3 days, but our patients wait 4 weeks for the answer. Is this okay? I don't really have time to call all the normal labs because of the amount of patients I have, but I could figure out a way.
It is okay that no news is good news? Or do you feel you need to know? Did you sit and wonder what the results were? Or did you not think about it again until the next visit?
I honestly don't know because I never had the test done. Please let me know your input so that I can better serve my patients.