Antenatal ultrasonic diagnosis of genetic defects: Present status

R. E. Sabbagha, R. K. Tamura, S. Dal Compo

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Diagnostic ultrasound has become an integral component of the process of antenatal testing for birth defects. In this article, we address the role of ultrasound in relation to three areas: Determination of the level of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) in maternal serum (MS) as a screening test for detection of craniospinal defects (CSD) or other abnormalities. Amniocentesis and examination of amniotic fluid (AF) for AFP and fetal karotype. Diagnosis of some specific structural congenital anomalies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1103-1120
Number of pages18
JournalClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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