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Hello, I am 13 weeks pregnant, yesterday my attending physician recommended prenatal tests, but I only received a referral for a PAPPA test. After reading many opinions, it seems to me that the test is unnecessary in my case - I am 28 years old, there have never been any genetic defects in my and my husband's family. Please let me know what your opinion is on this subject, as I would like to hear the opinion of another gynecologist. I would also like to add that I already have a daughter and all the tests came out well during prenatal tests during pregnancy. Regards.

The PAPPA test is a non-invasive screening test that assesses the risk of certain genetic defects in the fetus. It can be performed on any pregnant woman, and most of them are offered to do so. The increased risk of having a child with genetic defects exists in a woman who is over 35 years old, has had a child with the defects or has had such defects in her or her family or the husband's family. The test, as I mentioned, is a screening test, not a diagnostic test, so you should decide whether to perform it yourself.

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Barbara Grzechocińska

Assistant professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical University of Warsaw. I accept privately in Warsaw at ul. Krasińskiego 16 m 50 (registration is available every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.).

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