To whom is the NIFTY test recommended?

The NIFTY test is primarily recommended to future mothers who are at higher than normal risk of having a baby with Down syndrome and where a test with the best possible accuracy is required without invasive screening procedures (that is, without amniotic fluid sampling or chorionic villus sampling, which is associated with a risk for abortion of 0.5-1%).

This test is also recommended if the suspicion of fetal chromosomal abnormalities cannot be excluded on the basis of the results of the combined test. In this case, the future mother will receive genetic counseling during which our employee can make suggestions to perform a NIFTY testing.

Furthermore, this test can also be recommended to all future mothers who are at low risk, but who want a test with a higher accuracy than the 95% detection accuracy of the combined test without invasive screening procedures and thus without the risk of abortion.

In some rare cases the NIFTY test is contraindicated: if the future mother underwent blood transfusion, organ transplantation or stem cell therapy, and the presence of foreign (exogenous) DNA has led to erroneous results.

When can the NIFTY test conducted?