PAPP-A is decreased in all trisomies.
Nuchal translucency is increased in all trisomies.
Inhibin A is only increased in Down’s syndrome.
Beta-HCG is increased in Down’s syndrome.
All triple test results decreased in Edward syndrome.
Only AFP is decreased in Patau syndrome.
Only AFP is increased in NTDs and abdominal wall defects.
Acetylcholinesterase level increased in Amniotic fluid is most specific marker for NTDs.
In Turner’s syndrome: All decreased in Quad test (if no hydrops) and like Down’s, i.e. increased HCG and Inhibin A (if hydrops)
|Test||Timing (Gestational weeks)||Components||Conditions|
|1st trimester combined screening||11–13||Nuchal translucency (NT) |
PAPP-A(pregnancy-associated protein A)
|Down syndrome/Trisomy 21: ↑ HCG, ↓ PAPP-A, thickened NT|
Edward syndrome/Trisomy 18: ↓ HCG, ↓↓ PAPP-A, ↑ NT
Patau syndrome/Trisomy 13: ↓↓ PAPP-A, ↑ NT
Neural tube defects: ↑ HCG
|Quad screen test||15–20||HCG|
Inhibin A (DIA)
|Trisomy 21: ↑ β-HCG, ↓ AFP, and ↓ uE3, ↑ DIA|
Trisomy 18: ↓↓ β-HCG, ↓ AFP, and ↓↓ uE3, ↓ DIA
Trisomy 13: = HCG, ↓ AFP , = uE3, = DIA
Neural tube defects and Abdominal wall defects: = HCG, ↑ AFP, = uE3, = DIA
|Triple screen test||15–20||Quad test – Inhibin A|
|Sequential integrated test||10-13 then 15–20||1st trimester combined + Quad|
|Cell-free fetal DNA testing(cffDNA)||>10||Fetal DNA is isolated from a maternal blood specimen for genetic testing||Chromosomal aberrations (high specificity and sensitivity for trisomy 21 > trisomy 18 >trisomy 13)|