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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Genetics and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Publications Committee Recommend Noninvasive Prenatal Testing for Fetal Aneuploidy
Date:11/21/2012

laboratory assessment.  A patient with a positive test result should be referred for genetic counseling and offered invasive prenatal diagnosis for confirmation of test results."

"The issuance of the ACOG/SMFM opinion on the use of cell-free fetal DNA testing represents a major step forward for the integration of this valuable technology into pregnancy care programs" said Allan Bombard, MD, Sequenom's Chief Medical Officer. "We fully support the indications for considering the use of cell-free fetal DNA outlined in the Committee Opinion and believe this will be a valuable tool to help guide physicians and their patients in the most appropriate prenatal care."

ACOG is the nation's leading group of physicians providing health care for women. The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women's health care.

SMFM is a non-profit membership group for obstetricians/gynecologists who have additional formal education and training in maternal-fetal medicine. The society is devoted to reducing high-risk pregnancy complications by providing continuing education to its 2,000 members on the latest pregnancy assessment and treatment methods. It also serves as an advocate for improving public policy, and expanding research funding and opportunities for maternal-fetal medicine. 

The full text of the Committee Opinion can be found at: Noninvasive prenatal testing for fetal aneuploidy. Committee Opinion No. 545. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obstet Gynecol 2012: 120:1532-4.

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The MaterniT21 PLUS test analyzes the relative amount of 21, 18, 13 and Y chromosomal material in cell-free DNA.  The test is intended for use in pregnant women at increased ri
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