Dating of the intrauterine fetal demise

will tell whether or not the fetus has any of these disorders.A negative screen means it is unlikely the fetus has Down syndrome, trisomy 18, or an ONTD.You can always contact an abortion alternatives specialist to discuss the procedures.

The screening test only screens for Down syndrome, trisomy 18, and ONTD; it is not a diagnostic test.You will lie on your back with your feet in stirrups, and a speculum is inserted to open the vagina.A local anesthetic is administered to your cervix to numb it.This guideline presents care and investigative options for women (and their relatives) who experience intrauterine fetal demise (IUFD) or stillbirth.Material is grouped into standard and selective investigations classified by pregnancy timing and type of investigation: maternal, fetal or placental.The death is indicated by the fact that after such expulsion or extraction, the fetus does not breathe or show any other evidence of life, such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles.Heartbeats are to be distinguished from transient cardiac contractions; respirations are to be distinguished from fleeting respiratory efforts or gasps." In the United States, the term stillbirth or fetal demise does not have a standard definition.For statistical purposes, fetal losses are classified according to gestational age.A death that occurs prior to 20 weeks' gestation is usually classified as a spontaneous abortion; those occurring after 20 weeks constitute a fetal demise or stillbirth.The demographic information provided at the time of testing is used in calculating the patient’s Down syndrome, trisomy 18, and ONTD risks.Please check the demographic information to ensure accuracy of calculated results.

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