Maternal Considerations to Termination of Down Syndrome Pregnancies
ACOG ePoster. Cui Y. Apr 27, 2018; 211736
Yiwen Cui
Yiwen Cui
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Introduction: To assess maternal factors that influence a patient's decision to terminate a pregnancy affected by Down syndrome.

Methods: This retrospective study included all patients diagnosed with fetal Down syndrome via amniocentesis between 1990-2006 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. Patients were stratified into two groups by maternal age and socio-clinical data were collected from initiation of prenatal care to the end of the pregnancy.


Results: Total of 261 patients were diagnosed with Down syndrome fetuses, 106 (40.6%) of which belonged to women 35 years old. 50 pregnancies (47.2%) in the former group were terminated while 107 (69.0%) were terminated for the latter. Patients 35yo were diagnosed at a significantly earlier gestational age compared to those
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