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Hello Peter,

I have a friend who have been sucessful on there first cycle of IVF and have frozen embryos available to use. She is 36.

They are expecting twins and have just found out that they have a very high chance (1 in 180 and 1 in 320) of having two downs syndrome babies

Can you tell me if there are any tests that can be done on an embryo to detect downs syndrome before implantation?

And what are the chances of the frozen embryos having the same problem?

Thank Carol
 

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Hello Peter,

I have a friend who have been sucessful on there first cycle of IVF and have frozen embryos available to use. She is 36.

They are expecting twins and have just found out that they have a very high chance (1 in 180 and 1 in 320) of having two downs syndrome babies

I am sorry to hear that

Can you tell me if there are any tests that can be done on an embryo to detect downs syndrome before implantation?

Not at present although in theory it is possible to screen embryos for Downs'.In practice it would probably be too expensive and time consuming.

And what are the chances of the frozen embryos having the same problem?

There will be an increased risk for the reamining frozen embryos.

Regards,

Peter

Thank Carol
 
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