The TriScreen Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) is an early prenatal screen for Down syndrome and other common chromosomal conditions. TriScreen is a NIPT test brand available in SA.
The test only involves a simple blood draw from the pregnant mother and can be done from 10 weeks’ gestational age.
NIPT is usually offered to pregnant women identified by their doctor to have a chance of a foetus with a missing or extra chromosome. NIPT offers a new choice to women to have accurate information about their pregnancy, from a simple blood draw, with little or no risk to their pregnancy.
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Please note that noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) based on cell-free DNA analysis from maternal blood is a screening test; it is not diagnostic. Test results must not be used as the sole bases for diagnosis. Further confirmatory testing is necessary prior to making any irreversible pregnancy decision.