Taiwan: Screening & fall in the number of babies born with Down syndrome

Publié le : 8 November 2013

 The Perinatology Centre in Taiwan has recorded a significant drop in the number of babies born with Down syndrome following the introduction of screening and after encouraging pregnant women to undergo the tests. In fact, the number of babies born with Down syndrome fell from 22.28/100,000 births in 2001 to 7.79/100,000 births in 2010.

The tests which are carried out during the 2nd trimester of pregnancy (15 to 20 weeks) were introduced in 1994. According to researchers at the National Taiwan University Hospital, the 60% detection rate has led to the first drop in the number of babies born with Down syndrome. This figure was further reduced in 2006 when ultrasound scans allowing nuchal translucency to be assessed during the first trimester of pregnancy (from 10 weeks) was widely introduced in Taiwan. Same observation in 2008 with the option of combining 1st and 2nd trimester tests.

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