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Consultation on screening

The consultation period has finished.

The UK National Screening Committee is currently running a review to consider whether to offer screening earlier for T13 and T18 (Patau's and Edwards' syndromes) as part of the current 'combined' test for Down's syndrome in the first trimester. 

Do you think women should be offered screening earlier for T13  and T18 (Patau's and Edwards' syndromes) as part of the current 'combined' test for Down's syndrome in the first trimester?

Please respond to Kirsty by 1 June 2014 so a SOFT response can be prepared.

When is it happening?

The review process began in Dec 2012 and is estimated to be completed by Nov 2014.

The consultation is open until the 16th June 2014

What is prenatal screening?

Prenatal screening is a process of identifying apparently healthy women whose babies may be at increased risk of a disease or condition. They can then be offered information and further tests as appropriate. It is important to ensure that the benefits and downsides of screening have been properly thought through. The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) is responsible for reviewing its screening policies every 3 years and making recommendations to health ministers in the 4 UK countries.

What is happening now?

Most cases of trisomies 13 and 18 (Patau’s and Edwards' syndromes) are detected prenatally (90% for T13 and 93% for T18 in 2011). These figures have remained constant in the last five years to 2011.

The current policy is to offer screening for T13 and T18 (Patau’s and Edwards' syndromes) as part of the mid trimester (18+0 to 20+6) week fetal anomaly scan.

However, amongst those cases of T13 and T18 which are diagnosed during prenatal screening, over half (54% with trisomy 13 and 70% with trisomy 18) were found during first trimester screening.

The full consultation can be found via this link http://www.screening.nhs.uk/t18andt13  but please be aware the document is very detailed and intended primarily for a medical audience.

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