Double Marker

Double marker test is for pregnant women to examine the chromosomal malformation in the fetus. This test monitors the neurological system of the fetus to diagnose Down’s syndrome.
Test Code: 2554
₹ 2,500.00

Double Marker Test:

Why Double Marker Test?


Beta HCG is secreted by the placenta and its function in early pregnancy is to maintain the corpus luteum (helps in sustaining the levels of progesterone). PAPP-A (Pregnancy Associated Plasma Protein -A) is secreted by the placenta and its levels are elevated as the pregnancy progresses. The probability of abnormal birth defects in pregnancies can rarely occur among normal pregnancies and such possibilities are higher with an increase in the risk of certain factors involved in it, such as inherited hereditary diseases (congenital disabilities, inborn errors of metabolism etc) that run in certain families etc. Thus, these birth defects in pregnancies can range in their severity ranging from anatomical abnormalities (anomalies) to serious mental retardation. Therefore genetic screening can help in the prevention of such abnormal (developing fetus) pregnancies and can help abort (during initial trimesters of pregnancy – most likely from 9 to 13 weeks of gestation) delivering such defective children (who would otherwise suffer for the rest of their lives along with their parents). Double marker test and NT Scan (Nuchal Translucency test confirms the diagnosis of genetic abnormalities) are performed during the first trimester. Even though their test is not always mandatory in all pregnancies. However if the woman is pregnant over 35 years and/or pregnant for the first time, then this test helps in the assessment i.e if the unborn baby is at risk of chromosomal abnormalities (chromosomal malformation) associated with (neurological defects) mental disorders such as Down’s syndrome, Trisomy 18, Edward’s syndrome, mental retardation and/or severe birth defects.  This test is done with an ultrasound and blood sample specimen for two tests. Thus this Double Marker Test (also called as Maternal Serum Screening Test/Dual Marker Test) looks for two markers namely – free beta HCG and PAPP-A. High levels of beta HCG and/or low levels of PAPP-A are indicative of chromosomal abnormalities of a developing fetus. Hence a double marker test is a screening test in pregnancy that is a useful tool to determine the healthy development of a fetus. Meanwhile, there are also more such tests available such as triple marker test (AFP, HCG and Estriol), quadruple tests (preferably performed during the second trimester – estimates the levels of AFP, HCG, Estriol and Inhibin A) etc.  Additional tests include Amniocentesis, karyotyping etc.  

General Instructions:

Sample Requirement: Specimen - Blood sample collected from the vein. Test Preparation: None.

NOTE - Sample for specimen collections may vary based on the patient’s condition/cases according to the patient’s presenting complaints/signs or symptoms:

SPECIMEN REQUIREMENT (Special or Rare Cases) - As instructed and guided by Physician / Clinician / Pathologist / as per Laboratory’s requirements, according to procedures and protocols.

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