Is it possible to detect down syndrome via ultrasound?
Hello, My friend recently had an abortion. She said the baby had down syndrome. Can doctors tell from the ultrasound that the child has down syndrome? Is it possible to know? She said that during her first trimester she found out that her child had down syndrome, so she decided to abort it and then fell into depression. I know depression and feeling of loss is normal after an abortion. Is it possible to detect down syndrome via ultrasound?
@tejal Hello, Yes. A person who has Down syndrome is born with an extra copy of the 21st chromosome. It’s detected at birth. It also can be detected during pregnancy with genetic testing. A blood test and an ultrasound test during the first trimester of pregnancy. This is the most accepted approach for screening during the first trimester. An ultrasound can detect fluid at the back of a fetus's neck, which sometimes indicates Down syndrome. You should take her to a therapist which will help her to relieve depression. Thanks!