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A breakthrough in Down syndrome screening

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Now there is a far less invasive way to screen for down syndrome and other abnormalities. The test is called cell-free fetal dnA, and it is the most advanced screening test of its kind in the country.

Using a simple blood draw, the blood test can detect if down syndrome is present. Ronald J. Librizzi, DO, Virtua nationally renowned maternal-fetal medicine specialist, explains: “The test is so accurate that the country’s premier organization for educating obstetricians and gynecologists, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, supports offering the test to high-risk populations. In the near future, we hope to routinely test all patients.” The college also recommends pre-test counseling for at-risk women before the test is performed.

Dr. Librizzi and Virtua were also part of the national research that made this breakthrough available to women. “Virtua is proud to have participated in this research, and is involved in research across a spectrum of issues to help everyone live healthier, happier lives,” says Dr. Librizzi.