Congenital Abnormalities

Department of Health written question – answered on 28th March 2017.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Shaughnessy on 20 March (HL5811), why they do not maintain a list of foetal anomalies that cannot be identified before 24 weeks gestation.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

It is not possible to detect every condition in every pregnancy at screening before 24 weeks of gestation. A screening test is not diagnostic; some conditions may subsequently be detected either at clinical ultrasound examination later in pregnancy, at birth or in the early postnatal period.

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