Vol 87, No 11 (2016)
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Published online: 2016-11-30

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Nasal bone in screening for T21 at 11–13 + 6 weeks of gestation — a multicenter study

Bartosz Czuba, Dawid Serafin, Piotr Węgrzyn, Wojciech Cnota, Mariusz Dubiel, Marek Mączka, Dariusz Zarotyński, Aleksandra Ruci, Mirosław Wielgoś, Krzysztof Sodowski, Dariusz Borowski
Pubmed: 27958633
Ginekol Pol 2016;87(11):751-754.


 Objectives: Trisomy 21 is one of the most common chromosomal defects diagnosed prenatally. Screening for Down syndrome is based on maternal age, measurement of crown-rump length, nuchal translucency and fetal heart rate, together with free β-hCG and PAPP-A at 11 to 13 + 6 weeks. Introduction of additional ultrasound marker of trisomy 21 (evaluation of the nasal bone) may result in increased DR and decreased invasive diagnostic testing rates (FPR).
Material and methods: Ultrasound scan with NB evaluation was performed in 5814 fetuses during routine screening for chromosomal defects at 11 to 13 + 6 weeks of gestation. DR and FPR coefficients were calculated for 4 levels of risk as cut-off points for screening model 1, based on MA, NT, and first trimester biochemistry, as well as for screening model 2, based on MA, NT, first trimester biochemistry and NB.
Results: There were 5708 normal cases, 71 cases of trisomy 21 and 35 cases of other chromosomal defects. NB was absent in 46 (64.8%) cases and present in 25 (35.3%) cases of trisomy 21, comparing to present NB in 5463 (95.7%) and absent in 245 (4.3%) of normal cases.
Conclusions: First-semester screening with additional NB assessment significantly increases the detection rate for trisomy 21 and decreases the rate of false-positive results. Adding NB evaluation at the risk level of 1:50 causes only a small increase in detection rate. Invasive procedures should be performed in that group regardless NB assessment.