AFP/HCG/UE3 Prenatal Testing
Genetic Screening & Case Management
Bureau of Children’s HealthTexas Department of Health1100 West 49th Street Austin, Texas 78756-3199(512) 458-7284
levels. Fetal cells in the fluid are alsoexamined for Down syndrome, trisomy 18,and other chromosomal abnormalities.Counseling and further information arealso available to any woman with an abnormaltest result.
Does a normal Triple Screenguarantee a healthy baby?
No. The Triple Screen cannot detect allbirth defects. It does not detect all neuraltube defects or all chromosomal abnormali-ties. It
only alert the physician that apregnancy is at an increased risk for certainproblems and that further specialized testingshould be considered. Reviewing the family medical history with the physician can alsohelp identify problems that may be detectedby other specialized testing.