Triple Marker - Second Trimester

Rs. 2500 Rs. 5200 51.9% Off

Triple Marker - Second Trimester

Rs. 2500 Rs. 5200 51.9% Off


Tests Included (3+)

  • BETA HCG
  • UNCONJUGATED ESTRIOL (E3)

  • ALPHA FETO PROTEIN (AFP)

Understanding the Triple Marker Test: A Doctor's Perspective on Second-Trimester Screening

Triple Marker Test, a prenatal screening test offered during the second trimester of pregnancy. This test provides valuable information about your baby's development and can help identify potential risks.

 

What is the Triple Marker Test?

The Triple Marker Test is a blood test typically performed between 15 and 20 weeks of pregnancy. It measures the levels of three substances in your blood:

  • Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP): Produced by the developing baby's liver and yolk sac, abnormally high or low levels can be associated with neural tube defects (such as spina bifida) or abdominal wall defects.
  • Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG): This hormone is produced by the placenta. Abnormally high levels can be linked to an increased risk of Down syndrome or trisomy 18.
  • Estriol: Produced by the placenta and the baby's liver, low levels may be associated with Down syndrome or trisomy 18.

 

Why is it Done?

The Triple Marker Test is a screening tool, not a diagnostic test. It can't definitively tell you whether your baby has a birth defect. However, it can estimate your risk of having a baby with certain conditions, such as:

  • Neural tube defects: These are malformations of the spinal cord and brain that occur early in pregnancy.
  • Down syndrome: This genetic condition is caused by having an extra copy of chromosome 21.
  • Trisomy 18: This serious condition occurs when a baby has three copies of chromosome 18 instead of the usual two.

 

What to Expect During the Test

The Triple Marker Test is a simple blood test. Here's a breakdown of what to expect:

  • No fasting required: Unlike some blood tests, you don't need to fast beforehand.
  • Quick and easy procedure: A healthcare professional will draw a small amount of blood from your arm.
  • Results within a week: You'll typically receive your results within a week.

 

Understanding Your Results

Your doctor will interpret your Triple Marker Test results along with your age and other factors. They will then calculate your risk for certain chromosomal abnormalities.

  • Low-risk: This means your chance of having a baby with a birth defect is low. However, it doesn't guarantee a healthy baby.
  • High-risk: This doesn't necessarily mean your baby has a problem. It simply means you have an increased chance and may be offered further testing, such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS). These are diagnostic tests that can confirm or rule out a birth defect.

 

Important Considerations

  • The Triple Marker Test is not perfect. It can miss some cases of birth defects, and it can also give a false-positive result (indicating a higher risk when the baby is actually healthy).
  • The decision of whether or not to have additional testing is entirely up to you. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of each option with you in detail.

 

First-Trimester vs. Second-Trimester Screening

  • First-trimester screening: This option combines a blood test with a nuchal translucency scan (measuring fluid collection at the baby's neck) and can be done earlier in pregnancy (11-13 weeks).
  • Second-trimester screening: The Triple Marker Test is a simpler blood test typically done later in pregnancy (15-20 weeks).

Remember: The Triple Marker Test is a valuable tool for second-trimester screening. It can provide peace of mind or prompt further investigation. If you have any questions or concerns about this test or your pregnancy in general, please don't hesitate to talk to your doctor. They are your best resource for personalized guidance throughout your pregnancy journey.

 

Triple Marker - Second Trimester FAQ

1. How long will the results take?

Answer: You will receive your reports through SMS and Email from Thyrocare within 24/48 hours


2. What is the process for the sample collection?

Answer: As soon as the order is placed with us, our team will reach out to you on your registered number (please ensure your phone is reachable) to confirm the order. Once you connect with Thyrocare's team member a payment link will be sent to you on your number via SMS/Email. Our highly professional, trained and vaccinated Thyrocare's eMedic would be at your doorstep at the slot booked by you (available slots can be seen on order confirmation page).


3. When should I take Triple Marker - Second Trimester?

Answer: Since Triple Marker - Second Trimester is a fasting profile, it is best to get it done early in the morning.


4. Any precautions to be taken prior to task Triple Marker - Second Trimester?

Answer: Do not eat or drink anything except water at least 10 to 12 hours before the test.

Booking Procedure:

  • Fill the booking form on right side with Name, Address, Mobile no.
  • Blood/Urine samples will be collected from your Home address. 10-12 hrs fasting is required.
  • You need to make the payment by cash to Thyrocare when Technician comes to pick up the samples OR Pay online after confirmation of booking.
  • Reports will be couriered at your residence in 3-4 working days if hardcopy is opted. We will email the reports within 48-72 hrs on your email address mentioned while booking.
  • Sample pickup at home
  • Online reports within 48 hours
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