Down’s syndrome: India tops the chart

In India, every year approximately 23,000 – 29,000 children are born with Down’s syndrome in India, which is highest in the world.

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Around 85 to 90 percent of such cases can be detected if pregnant mothers opt for genetic screening.

To address this, NACE (Non-Invasive Analysis for Chromosomal Examination) is a new technology which can accurately detect chromosomally linked diseases like Down's syndrome with a simple blood test.

Opines Dr Prathima Radhakrishna, director, Bangalore Fetal Medicine Center, Bengaluru, "The main advantage of using NACE is that it is non-invasive and it poses near zero-risk to fetus and has no risk of abortion."

It can precisely tell a pregnant mother, as early as three months into her pregnancy, whether her child suffers from Down's syndrome.

According to Dr Pere Mir, medical director, Iviomics India, "NACE is a revolutionary screening test offering a highly accurate analysis by using the latest next-generation sequencing technology. This simple and safe analysis averts the risk of fetal loss present in amniocentesis procedure."

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