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UK NSC recommends earlier screening

The UK NSC has recommended earlier screening for rare genetic conditions, Trisomy 13 and 18 to be introduced in the UK.

Earlier testing, combining a scan and blood test, will help to identify women with an increased risk of having a baby affected by one of these conditions, and enable them to access specialist support before the baby is born, giving them the opportunity to discuss their options and receive appropriate care.

Trisomy 13 and 18, also known as Patau's and Edwards' syndrome, are rare but very serious conditions affecting around 2 in every 10,000 births in the UK each year.

The UK NSC’s recommendation for earlier screening for Edward’s syndrome and Patau’s syndrome will now be considered by a working group to look at how the screening test could be implemented across England as part of the current NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme.

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