Occupational Health - Public
Health Poster Session
IMPACT OF SECOND TRIMESTER MATERNAL SERUM SCREENING IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA, ,
The South Australian Maternal Serum Screening Programme(SAMSAS) is in effect the "prescreen" to offering amniocentesis. Our programme identifies women, irrespective of age,
which may be at increased risk, and would therefore require followup.
This type of programme has been effective in reducing the number of
unnecessary amniocentesis performed to older woman, whilst identifying younger mums at risk who ordinarily would not be considered. The prevalence of Down syndrome in 1997 in our screened population was 27 in 11410 or 1 in 423, which is higher than previous years of 1in 808 in 1996 and 1in 669 in 1995 an 1 in 769 in 1994. The average for the four years is 1 in 667.
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