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Hospital apologises when millenium bug results in inaccurate Down’s Syndrome testing.

The millennium bug resulted in 150 women receiving faulty results for a Down’s Syndrome test. The mistake resulted in 4 undetected Down’s Syndrome cases. Two of them terminated their pregnancies while the other two gave birth to Down’s Syndrome babies. The later the risk assessment is done, the later an amniocentesis test can be done to confirm the case. A late confirmation increases risks to mother and baby if termination is chosen. The hospital has apologized to all affected.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by BBC News UK Edition

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About: Hospital apologises when millenium bug results in inaccurate Down’s Syndrome testing.

Date: 13 Sep 2001

Source: BBC News UK Edition

URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1541557.stm

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