Pregnancy Associated Plasma Protein A (PAPP-A) Test In Delhi

Pregnancy Associated Plasma Protein A (PAPP-A) Test In Delhi

Pregnancy associated plasma protein (PAPP-A) test is used for checking the levels of PAPP-A, also known as Pappalysin-1. It is a hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy. It helps in the processes of healing of wounds and bone metabolism.

Read further to know more about the PAPP-A test in Delhi, including its price and cost, procedure, side effects, test results, etc.

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About pregnancy associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A) test

Why is the pregnancy associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A) test done?

PAPP-A test is done:

  • To check if the foetus is at a risk of developing chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down syndrome/trisomy 21 or Edwards syndrome/trisomy 18. Both of these can seriously affect the proper growth and development of the foetus due to the presence of extra chromosomes.
  • As a part of first trimester screening.
  • To check the possible occurrence of complications at the time of delivery, such as preeclampsia and stillbirth.
What does the pregnancy associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A) test measure?

Pregnancy associated plasma protein test measures the levels of PAPP-A in the blood during pregnancy to check if the foetus is at a risk of developing any chromosomal conditions. The levels of PAPP-A increase in the blood of a pregnant woman and gradually decrease after delivery.

Risks/side effects of pregnancy associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A) test:

No side effects are associated with a PAPP-A test, although, for a few days, some pain might be felt in the area from where the blood is taken using a needle. One might also feel lightheaded or experience fainting. In rare cases, hematoma, which is the collection of blood outside the blood vessels, can also occur.

 

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When is the pregnancy associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A) test performed?

PAPP-A test is performed between 11th and 14th weeks of pregnancy.

How to prepare for the pregnancy associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A) test?

No specific preparations are required for the PAPP-A test. However, do inform your doctor about any drugs you are currently taking.

How is the pregnancy associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A) test performed?

PAPP-A test involves taking a blood sample from a vein located in your arm. A syringe is used for the same. The area from where the blood would be taken would first be cleaned with an antiseptic solution. Once the blood sample has been collected, it will be sent to the laboratory.

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Interpreting the pregnancy associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A) test results
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Interpreting the pregnancy associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A) test results

A pregnant woman’s age and her foetus’ gestational age is taken into consideration for examining the PAPP-A test results.

Low levels of PAPP-A in the test result indicate preeclampsia or the risks the foetus might have of developing aneuploidies, such as Down syndrome/trisomy 21 or Edwards syndrome/trisomy 18. These low levels can also convey the complications that can occur at the time of delivery, such as stillbirth, preterm birth, low birth weight, etc.

On the other hand, high levels of PAPP-A in the test result indicate that the woman is pregnant or there is a potential risk of getting a heart attack or developing acute coronary syndrome.

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