Within your first fetal ultrasounds, your physician may see physical indicators of trisomy 13. Pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A (PAPP-A) or noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) may detect it.
These screening tests alone will not show you whether your child has trisomy 13. Your doctor will be aware that your child is more likely to have trisomy 13 and that extra testing is required.
There is no known treatment for Patau’s syndrome. Doctors often concentrate on keeping the newborn comfortable and feeding to help relieve the serious health difficulties associated with being born to a Down syndrome mother.
Only a small percentage of Patau’s syndrome newborns survive the first few days of life without medical support. If your infant is diagnosed with Patau’s syndrome, you will be given counseling and assistance.