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Ninalia NIPT The prenatal trisomy screening test based on maternal blood sample

Your most frequent questions

What is NIPT?

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is an innovative genetic test offered to pregnant women in cases where there is a risk of trisomies 13, 18 and 21 in the foetus. It can be performed using a sample of the mother’s blood from 10 weeks (gestational age) which is equivalent to being 8 weeks pregnant.

It is rapid, reliable and safe, and it enables detection of trisomies 13, 18 and 21 while limiting the number of invasive samples like amniocentesis (or chorionic villus sampling).

Can I get the Ninalia NIPT?

The test is indicated for pregnant women at high risk of trisomies 13, 18 and 21. You should ask your healthcare professional (doctor, midwife, genetic counsellor) that will advise you about the necessity or not to perform a NIPT test based on your clinical status.

What is the price of the Ninalia NIPT?

Your healthcare professional will answer your question. Feel free to ask him/her.

When can Ninalia NIPT be performed?

At any point in the pregnancy from Week 10 (gestational age).

 

What is the purpose of NIPT in monitoring of the pregnancy?

Non-invasive prenatal testing for trisomies 13, 18 and 21 is indicated for pregnant women found to be at high risk following standard screening using maternal serum markers and who do not wish to undergo an invasive procedure (amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling) as first-line testing.

How are the results returned?

The results are reported directly to the healthcare professional who prescribed the test within a period of 5 business days (Monday-Friday) upon reception at Eurofins Biomnis.

What does a positive result mean?

A positive result indicates a strong suspicion that the foetus is affected by one of the anomalies being investigated (trisomies 13, 18 and 21). Your doctor will tell you which additional tests need to be conducted in order to confirm the diagnosis.

What does a negative result mean?

A negative result indicates a very low risk that the foetus is affected by one of the anomalies being investigated (trisomies 13, 18 and 21). Your doctor will tell you if it is necessary to perform other tests in addition to medical follow-up and “standard” ultrasound monitoring of your pregnancy.

Is Ninalia NIPT reliable?

Since october 2014, Eurofins Biomnis has chosen to collaborate with the company Illumina, a world leader in DNA sequencing, for non-invasive screening for the main chromosomal abnormalities.

The new VeriSeq NIPT method offers the best performance currently available (sensitivity, specificity, detection rate, etc.) for non-invasive prenatal testing.

Over 45,000 Ninalia tests have been performed to date.

Where is my sample sent?

Your blood sample is sent to Eurofins Biomnis in France.

How is the sample collected?

The sample for Ninalia NIPT is based on a single blood collection, which is safe for both you and your foetus.
The blood sample can be collected directly at your physician office or by a Eurofins Biomnis partners.
Then your sample will be sent by your healthcare provider to Eurofins Biomnis for performance of the test.

What are the limits of the test?

Eurofins Biomnis follows the International recommendations of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal–Fetal Medicine (SMFM).
Apart from trisomies 13, 18 et 21, this test does not investigate the other type of abnormality, such as unbalanced translocations, microdeletions, microduplications, mutations responsible for other diseases, neural tube defects, or triploidy.

This test does not make it possible to predict subsequent complications of pregnancy, such as pre-eclampsia, growth retardation, premature birth, etc.

I have not found the answer to my question; who can I contact?

The doctor monitoring your pregnancy is familiar with your medical file. He/She can answer your questions. Feel free to ask him/her for advice.

Does your laboratory have the necessary authorisations to carry out this test?

Eurofins Biomnis is authorised by the Regional Health Authority to perform prenatal diagnostics and has all of the licences necessary to conduct this genetic test.

Eurofins Biomnis: who are we?

European leader in the sector of specialized medical pathology, Eurofins Biomnis carries out over 32,000 analyses per day from a range of over 2,500 available tests, including specialized tests for which the company has the appropriate authorizations.

Founded in 1897 by Marcel Mérieux, Eurofins Biomnis remains the leader in the field of specialized medical pathology in France. It has kept its position through continuous technological innovation and investment, particularly in areas such as female biology, oncology and personalized medicine, as well as chromosomal and molecular genetics.

With 120 years of expertise and innovation in the service of medical pathology, Eurofins Biomnis is the core of the Clinical Diagnostics division in Europe and has its eyes set on its international development.

Find your nearest testing centre As Ninalia NIPT requires a specific sample tube, don’t forget to make an appointment in advance with your local laboratory for specimen collection.

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